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Fall at Bowen’s: Columbus Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale & Annual Seafood Festival!

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has stopped here at Bowen’s Wharf! Get ready for fall by visiting our shops for your favorite fall outfits, end of summer excursions on our water tours, and plan for the 29th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival! 

Hello, Fall! 

There’s nothing more breathtaking than autumn here in Newport; with the leaves dancing on our bricks, the ocean breeze getting a little cooler, and of course the beautiful fall-colored wardrobes of browns, oranges, reds, and more! We look forward this transformation at Bowen’s Wharf every year.

The last few weeks of our water tours make for fantastic photography and end-of-summer fun with our friends over at Gansett Cruises  and 12 Meter Charters. We know how unpredictable New Engl and weather can be, so it’s great to know both have tours running through October!  

Photo courtesy of: @marianmeetsworld

Seafood Festival October 19-20 

Join us next month for the 29th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine! Enjoy: 
🦞Food and beverages available for purchase at vendor booths 
🦞Live music all weekend 
🦞Rain or shine event
🦞Jamestown Ferry special hop-on-hop-off transportation option – purchase tickets here!
🦞200-foot tall ship, Oliver Hazard Perry, will be at the dock


Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Come enjoy fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, oysters, signature cocktails from Belvedere Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum, Tanqueray Gin,  and cold Whalers Brewing beer.  
Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman’s associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for l andlubbers and kids).  

We’ll also have fresh smoothies, cider donuts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth! Cafe-style seating will be set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s 200-foot official sailing education vessel. 

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this event! Share our event page on Facebook with your friends to let them know where you’ll be October 19th & 20th!  


Don’t forget to tag us with: #BowensSeafoodFestival, #NewportSeafoodFestival



Whether you’re looking for the perfect anniversary gift or just need a finishing touch for a night out, our friends at GINEVA offer a variety of collections to appeal to every style! 

Using only genuine Murano glass imported from Italy, Swarovski Crystal, and .925 Sterling Silver, there’s no question of the rarity of their exquisite line. Visit them at their new Bowen’s Wharf boutique to experience the luxury of this time-honored tradition at an affordable price — Anchor Approved!



Sail Loft 

Ring in sweater weather with some new fall outfits from the Sail Loft Clothing Company! Offering styles for both men and women, Sail Loft specializes in unique one-of-a-kind items and carefully selected clothing and accessories. Find women’s collections by Brighton, Barbara Gerwit, Lisette, Mycrapak  and Donna Morgan and men’s styles by Tommy Bahama, Robert Graham, Bugatchi  and Johnnie O.  



Columbus Day Sidewalk Sales 

Attention shoppers! For the stylephiles among you, this is a weekend not to miss. Deals to be enjoyed from among summer favorites and even a sneak peek at the incoming fall fashions. Stroll through the Wharf Columbus Day weekend October 11-14 to enjoy special deals offered by your favorite stores. Find more information at our Facebook Event Page: Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale at Bowen’s Wharf!  


Newport International Boat Show September 12-15

This year, we had the honor of being a site host of the Newport International Boat Show! We loved seeing attendees walking around the Wharf, checking out exhibitors and enjoying lunch and dinner with us over the weekend.  

In case you missed it: Anchor had his own adventure at the boat show aboard the 134ft yacht Silver Cloud! Check out our Anchor story highlight on Instagram for the tour — and the rest of Anchor’s adventures!  



First-Ever Harbor Lights Success

A big thank you to Bowen’s Wharf Marina crew and congratulations our winner’s of the first-ever Harbor Lights:

Best Decorated Waterfront Business

  • First Place: The L anding and The Lobster Bar
  • Second Place: Bowen’s Wharf Marina
  • Third Place: Newport Harbor Hotel

Best Decorated Boat Winners: Bowen’s Wharf Marina

  • First Place: Lady Gigi (Owner William Cannon)
  • Second Place: Sightsailing of Newport (Owner John Hirschler)
  • Third Place: Gansett (Owner Jeff O’Brien)

We’re already looking forward to making next year’s Harbor Lights even brighter!

Where to Stay 

The Bowen’s Marina offers first-class service, accommodating yachts up to 185’ LOA. With amenities like a nearby Fitness Center & Pool and restaurants along Bowen’s Wharf, everything you need is within walking distance!  

No boat? No problem! Stay at the Crow’s Nest right on the corner of Bowen’s Wharf and America’s Cup Avenue in the heart of the Newport waterfront destination where you can experience the convenience of overlooking bustling Bowen’s. Be sure to enjoy a moment of calm in their frescoed chapel or check out their new Discovery Deck: an interactive, educational exhibit showcasing the maritime industry of Newport and Narragansett Bay. 

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