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Come visit: Official Flagship of Rhode Isl and at Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival October 13 and 14

Oliver Hazard Perry opens to the public during Bowen’s Wharf 28th Annual Seafood Festival, October 13 & 14, 2018  

Visitors are invited to tour Rhode Isl and’s Official Flagship, Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) during one of New Engl and’s most popular coastal festivals. Tours of this 200-foot, three-masted Class A Tall Ship include the main deck, the Great Cabin, wet lab and classroom spaces during her only East Coast stop this fall.
Over 30 culinary vendors, (menu at end of blog) 20 year-round boutiques, and six live b ands participate in this two-day, rain-or-shine celebration of the Harvest of the Sea. 
“Glimpse what the working waterfront might have looked like in the 18thcentury, when Newport was the third-largest trading port on the east coast and Bowen’s Wharf was at the center of it all. In those days there would have been dozens of ships her size,” says Bart Dunbar, OHP Board Chairman and president of Bowen’s Wharf Company.  
In addition to ship visits, festival attendees can sample creative cocktails at the Captain Morgan and Belvedere Vodka hospitality tent; chat with brewers from Whalers Brewing; purchase fresh seafood specialities and local food, dessert, juices, crepes, condiments, knives, bags, jewelry, scrimshaw and more; and dance to live music at this family-friendly historic waterfront site. Shellfishermen will be shucking fresh RI littlenecks and oysters.

“At Bowen’s Wharf we’re offering the public a last chance to explore the OHP at our largest waterfront festival before they put her to bed for the winter,” says Trixie Wadson, Marketing & Communications Director of Bowen’s Wharf.

Since 2014, over 1,000 young people’s lives have been changed by OHPRI’s sail training and education-at-sea programs from Canada to Cuba and many points in between. Another 100,000 people have toured the ship in various ports. With 10,000 nautical miles under her keel, Rhode Isl and Governor Gina M. Raimondo in July signed legislation making Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry the Official Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador of Rhode Isl and. The ship is not a replica but a modern, steel-hulled vessel purpose-built for training and education to the highest modern safety st andards.

The Oliver Hazard Perry Experience at Bowen’s Wharf Marina 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:00 am to 6:00pm. (last boarding at 5:30pm)

Sunday, October 14, 2018 11:00 am to 5:00pm (last boarding at 4:30pm)

$5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. 

1 Bowen’s L anding, Newport, RI 02840

Day-of ticket sales at Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House and at Bowen’s Wharf Marina. 

Call 401-849-3478 or visit the Pilot House in person at 45 America’s Cup Avenue for Newport, water, sky, museum, mansion, and ship tour information, along with official Bowen’s Wharf and OHPRI merch andise, and more.

Bowen’s Wharf 28thAnnual Seafood Festival

FREE Admission.  Pay-as-you-go with vendors and tours.

Featured in Coastal LivingYankeeMagazine,, Global Traveler USA

2018 event sponsors include Moet & Ch andon USA, Whalers Brewing, Belvedere Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum, Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Ardbeg Whisky, and the Diageo br and.

13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

Bowen’s Wharf Event Page for full list of vendors, music line-up, year-round business directory of visit our Facebook Event Page.

Entertainment Schedule


The New 40


Soulful Groove with a Twist


Cee Cee & The Riders


Blues, Old Time Rock n Roll, Fave Covers


Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!




The Teledynes

Surf Rock


White-Eyed Lizard B and Caribbean Energy


The Copacetics Reggae & Ska




GET ONBOARD A 200-FOOT TALL SHIPChildren & adults board this br and new state of the art, three-masted tall ship to start your ocean voyage! $5/adults, $1/children. Tickets sold at Bowen’s Marina and at the Pilot House.


FACE PAINTINGFace Painting with Susanna Pare, at Bowen’s Marina. Add a little sparkle to your smile.


THE NATURE CONSERVANCYTheir volunteers are on site to help you ( and us) separate shells for their reef-restoration projects, trash, and recycling. Help us minimize the impact of events on the environment. Visit their table near Sprinkles Ice Cream & Hot Dog st and.


Visit The Rhode Show for local Rhode Isl and stories weekday mornings, and our media partner Fox/WPRI Channel 12 for up-to-date weather and news.


Restroom facilities and h andwash stations are on the north side of Seamen’s Church & near the Whalers Brewing sponsor vehicle.




North of the anchor, near Bowens Wharf Marina and on Market Square


Our marina boasts a Festival Barwith seating. Cocktailsfeature Belvedere Vodka Bloody Marys, Mudslides, Captain Morgan Rum, Ardbeg Whisky, Moet & Ch andon Champagne, Cloudy Bay wines and Whalers Brewing beer. Sales benefit the Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship and the view of Newport Harbor is unparalleled. Cheers!


Oliver Hazard Perry:Rhode Isl and’s official Flagship: 200-feet long and three masts! This br and new vessel is open for ship visits, and you can go down below too! $5/adults, $1/children sold at the marina and at the Pilot House along with br anded Kiel James Patrick charm bracelets, signed art prints, commemorative coins.


Raw Bar, Gurney’s & Saltwater Restaurants:Visit Behan Family Farms & Blue Rocks Catering for fresh Ninigret Nectars oysters, clams, jumbo shrimp, crabcake sliders, lobster grilled cheese. For award-winning chowder stop in at Salt Water restaurant’s booth and amazing waterfront deck. Not to miss: Spicy lobster rolls made fresh by chefs from Gurney’s resort & marina. 


Behind Sail Loft Clothing and Soap & Water you’ll find h andmade & heaven:


Pepper Junction. Seacoast Sweets, Bent & Bree, Nantucket Bagg, Cutco, RI Home ImprovementSustainability is king: cork h andbags, accessories and jewelry from Bent & Bree. Enjoy all things h andmade? Then try Seacoast Sweets chocolate patties. Pepper Junction will spice up a dish here or in your own kitchen. Sample their sauces, condiments and rubs. Cutco is offering fantastic deals on sharp knives, culinary & garden tools fitting your kitchen, camper, cottage or boat. Canvas & leather, reversible, convertible, visit Nantucket Bagg for boat, garden, art studio or traveling chef!

Waterfront 15×86 foot tent in front of 22 Bowens Restaurant

Festival Bar in the 12 Meter Kiosk Proceeds benefit the Oliver Hazard Perry.

Rhode Isl and Shellfishermen’s Association ! oysters & littlenecks on the half shell. Support your local fisherman.

Newport Lobster Shack ! Lobster Rolls! Warm up with lobster bisque and lobster bites.

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille beside Sail Loft Clothing! Cajuncrab corn chowder, clam fritters w/ dill caper tartar sauce!

Just Dogs & Strawberry Shortcake ! Italian sausage with peppers & onions; strawberry shortcake to top it off.

Tent (A) in the parking lot

Main Bar & Belvedere Vodka alongside Captain Morgan sampling ! try something new, Captain’s Mule maybe? The Full Festival Bar is in front of Anchor Toffee.

Seafood Hut from Acushnet, MA ! Fish & Chips, fried shrimp, clams, scallops, clam cakes, fries & chowder

La Petite Creperie ! Seafood (savory) and sweet crepes, ooh la la

 Matunuck Oyster Bar ! Lobster Rolls, Oysters on the Half Shell, clams & shrimp

The Wharf Pub Fish & Chips,Classic & Seafood Tater Tots 

Diego’s ! Fish, Shrimp or chicken Tacos, Shrimp Rangoons

Binge BBQ Clam Chowder, Saffron Seafood Soup, Oyster Po’Boy, Brisket S andwich, Crab Beignets

Salt Pond Oysters ! From Point Judith Pond, freshly harvested and shucked just for you along with grilled scallop skewers

And for your sweet tooth:

Sprinkles Ice CreamPumpkin Ice Cream, Coffee & Espresso Bar

Sweet BDonuts! Fresh mini-donuts, apple cider and hot coffee

The Cookie Jar! Cookies, coffee and other baked goods

Strawberry Shortcake ! Sharing a booth across from 22Bowen’s, so delish!

Visit Kettle Korn Express located beside Anchor Toffee: be sure to take some sweets to go!

Wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages are being served at 22 Portside, the three Festival Bars, Wharf Pub & Diego’s. A Beer & Moet Mini-only bar is set up for your quick service beside The Narragansett Clothing for Men. Proceeds from all beverages at the Festival bars benefit the Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship at our marina.

If you are searching for a complete meal, during the festival or after festival hours, please remember that all Bowen’s Wharf restaurants are open for business. Take your time walking the docks, stroll through the shops and galleries on America’s Cup Avenue, and really enjoy your day on Bowen’s Wharf, we are open 365 days of the year, anchor of the Newport Waterfront!

There is no smoking anywhere on site. 

Pain Free Pillows welcomes you to sit down and relax near the Pilot House & Primavera Newport, let their heated pillows work their magic, and rest up before you head home. Don’t drink and drive.


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