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The 24th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Returns to the Newport Waterfront

Spectacular Two-Day Celebration to Honor “Harvest of the Sea”

With the arrival of fall on Bowen’s Wharf, it’s time for one of Newport’s favorite traditions!  The 24th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival will take place on October 18th and 19th  from 11am – 5pm, rain or shine. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living, this event is an open invitation to come back to the Anchor of Newport on the waterfront after the rush of the summer season! This family-friendly festival features continuous live entertainment, activities for the kids, and world-famous cuisine from top Rhode Island restaurants all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents.


It is a time to celebrate our neighboring restaurants, seafood businesses, talented musicians, and the remarkable City by the Sea,” said Bart Dunbar, President of Bowen’s Wharf Company. “At Bowen’s Wharf, we are proud to host this tradition of outstanding seafood and free entertainment for our community, families, and visitors.”


Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the festival offers fresh, mouthwatering seafood specialties hauled from Rhode Island waters. Participating restaurants such as Diego’s, The Wharf Pub, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, and Matunuck Oyster Bar as well as the RI Shellfishermen’s Association will serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobsters, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, fish tacos, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as options for children and landlubbers). Cold craft beer, spirits, and soft drinks are available in addition to ciders. Café-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf.


As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, foot-stompin’ live folk, classic rock, and blues are just a taste of what you’ll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!


The 24th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival music schedule includes:


Saturday, October 18th
11am – 1pm:      Atwater-Donnelly Duo (Traditional American Folk)
1pm – 3pm:        Abbey Rhode (Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and more)
3pm – 5pm:        Chelley, Bill & Dyl (Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B, with a Touch of Country!)


Sunday, October 19th
11am – 1pm:      Red Eye Flight (Americana Originals, Rich Vocal Harmonies, Rollicking Rhythm)
1pm – 3pm:        Lisa Markovich and Beyond Blonde (Original and Classic Rock)
3pm – 5pm:        Big Cat Blues Band (West Coast and Chicago Blues, Soulful, Powerful, Solid Rhythm)

Red Eye Flight | Photo courtesy: Trixie Wadson


Entry to the festival is free and open to the public (food and beverages can be purchased at the vendor booths). Bowen’s Wharf souvenir baseball caps, t-shirts, spoons, shot glasses, and other memorabilia will be on sale on the festival grounds. A Kids’ Tent will feature face and pumpkin painting, balloons, and special activities.


We continue this tradition with generous support from our media partners and enthusiastic sponsors. Thank you to NBC-10, Revival Brewing Company, Newport Vineyards, and Bully Boy Distillers!


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