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Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival

2021 Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival

May 21-23, 2021

Bowen’s Wharf Company is proud to present the 2021 Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival! While we’re excited to resume our events this year, our priority is the safety and health of guests, staff and the community. We are committed to adhering to all local and state guidelines as they evolve and unfold.

Taste your way around the Ocean State! Sip champagne and enjoy oysters and chowder from local growers and vendors on the waterfront all weekend long. Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms? The flavors are distinctive to each farm, so this is your chance to savor a sampling of them in one festive atmosphere!

Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants and live music under festival tents. Additional oysters, a full bar and other food provided by local restaurants will also be available on site for purchase. Please note that festival attendance will be controlled and limited in compliance with current public health restrictions. Tickets will go on sale in mid-April and will include your choice of fresh Rhode Island oysters or chowder.

Friday, May 21st

Opening Night Party

Cost of admission: $60

Includes a dozen fresh oysters and alcoholic beverage

Time: 6-9pm

Saturday, May 22nd

Cost of admission: $40

Includes your choice of six fresh oysters or cup of chowder

SESSION 1 – 11am-1pm

SESSION 2 – 1:30pm-3:30pm

SESSION 3 – 4pm-6pm

Sunday, May 23rd

Cost of admission: $40

Includes your choice of six fresh oysters or cup of chowder

SESSION 1 – 11am-1pm

SESSION 2 – 1:30pm-3:30pm

SESSION 3 – 4pm-6pm

Spend the night at Bowen’s Wharf During the Oyster Festival

Deep-water dockage at the anchor of the Newport waterfront. First-class service, accommodate yachts up to 185′ LOA.

Ride the

Jamestown Newport Ferry

Avoid parking and experience a convenient, reliable and fun way to travel to the Festival!

Oyster Festival


Oyster Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rain policy?

The event will be mostly contained to the festival tents this year, so it will be held rain or shine!

Are dogs allowed?

Due to capacity limitations, only service dogs will be permitted inside the festival tents, but all furry friends are always welcome elsewhere on the wharf!

What are the covid-19 guidelines?

The festival will be made up of several ticketed sessions throughout the weekend to control attendance. All current COVID-19 event guidelines will followed including 30-minute gaps between sessions for cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces. Hand washing stations will be on site and festival attendees will be required to wear masks inside the tents except when seated for eating/drinking.


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