Bowens Wharf Seafood festival
October 19, 2013 - October 20, 2013
Journey back to the 18th century, of brick and stone walk ways to the water front of Bowen's wharf where the beginnings of a thriving seaport began and enjoy the “harvest of the sea” as Newport welcomes the 23rd annual Seafood Festival. Event takes place on October 19th and 20th and is known as one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005). It is a great time of the year to stay at the Ivy Lodge and enjoy the city by the sea after the rush of the summer season has ended.
Located on the Bowen's Wharf, the Seafood Festival offers an abundant amount of seafood, live music, and family fun. Sink your teeth into some of the best seafood in town all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Enjoy a variety of neighboring restaurants and local fisherman's as they serve up their most renowned seafood dishes. Many of which include options of lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for land lovers and children. Vendors will also be serving wine, beer and soft drinks. For your sweet tooth there will also be options for delectable desserts, including tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. There will be cafe-style seating for guests and they will be set up throughout the Wharf.
The seafood festival has entertainment to enjoy while you are enticing yourself with fresh dishes. Under the music tent musicians will perform and all varieties of music, from live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!
Rhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.
FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths)
RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS! We'll see you there!
2013 Music Schedule
11am – 1pm Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk
1pm – 3pm Abbey Rhode Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Stones & More
3pm – 5pm Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!
11am – 1pm Jim McGrath & The Reprobates Traditional & Contemporary Music of the Sea, American & British Isles
1pm – 3pm Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde Original & Classic Rock
3pm – 5pm Big Cat Blues Band West Coast and Chicago Blues music
What surrounds you at the Ivy lodge, Newport RI, http://www.ivylodge.com/ , are spectacular coastal scenery within easy walking access, awe-inspiring architecture and a downtown waterfront that still thrives in the winter season. Newport, Rhode Island is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. From weekend getaways spent touring the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt to an afternoon of wine tasting through Newport's three scenic vineyards, the options for interesting activities, distinctive stories, and enticing photo opportunities are countless.
Newport Rhodes island appeals to a variety of traveling styles and the offerings are abundant, making this island a year round destination. Newport is home to miles of scenic coastline ideal for nature walks, educational siminars and artistic endeavors.
The Norman Bird Sanctuary, http://www.normanbirdsanctuary.org/ is a 300 plus acre wildlife refuge with over seven miles of hiking trails and a variety of educational programs for all age groups. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods or a hike to the top of hanging rock, which offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding areas. During the winter months, the sanctuary offers winter birding day trips.
For those whose heart lies in architecture, design, and history Newport offers tours of opulent mansions, http://www.newportmansions.org/ and interesting museums http://www.newportartmuseum.org/ . For a mouth-watering getaway, visitors can enjoy a tour and tasting at the three local vineyards, http://www.newportvineyards.com/ , followed by a memorable dining experience at a waterfront restaurant, www.lowerthamesnewport.com . Fresh lobster and steaming bowls of clam chowder are found all along the New England coast and Newport seafood Restaurants do it best! Our culinary variety doesn't stop there! If casual dining and great pub-style menu is your craving, Newport offers a wide selection. For a special occasion meal we highly recommend the castlehill inn http://www.castlehillinn.com/ or Restaurant Bouchard, http://www.restaurantbouchard.com/, our favorite fine dinning experience.
Through the years Newport has made a name for itself in a variety of manners, first as a colony founded on religious freedom, see www.tourosynagogue.org for a facinating lecture on acceptance of religion, later as the summer playground for the American socialite families with names like Astor, www.astorsbeechwood.com and Vanderbilt, as a key location for the United States Navy, and then as the yachting capital of the world.
For visitors looking to take a bit of Newport style home with them, the city's quaint wharves and cobblestone streets are a mix of unique shops and galleries, www.bowenswharf.com. Complementing it all is a year-round calendar of special events, see www.gonewport.com , ranging from nautical events to music festivals to professional sports tournaments, ensuring that there is always something happening in Newport !