30th Annual Newport Winter Festival
The Newport Winter Festival touts itself as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza” featuring ten days of non-stop music, food and fun and running from February 16-25, 2018. That’s as close to a summing up the event as we’re going to get, if in fact we can call this a single event – it’s actually over 150 of them, unified by two things: 1) they’re all in and around Newport and 2) you’ll receive discounts for many of them when you buy a Winter Festival Bracelet.
Some featured events include: Polar Pineapples at Gurney's Newport Resort, where you can sip on signature infused cockails while enjoying views of the bay with a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge; Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey T's, The 23rd Annual Chili Cook-Off presented by Sam Adams, Beach Polo, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band - Changes in Latitudes, a Musical Celebration and Story Time with Teddy Bear Tea, Sam Adams Beer Dinner, a Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle, Live Jazz For Kids at Greenvale Vineyards, 13th Annual Illuminated Garden, Annual Best Hot Drink Contest, Winter Festival Comedy Show, and Newport to Nashville Country Fest.
Some of it is free. A lot of it is kid friendly. All of it is fun. Check out days/times on the website.
To truly get the flavor of all this, plan to stay in Newport for at least a couple of days. If you do, a Winter Festival Bracelet is recommended – it costs only $10, but should more than pay for itself by giving you free admission or significant discounts to official Festival events, as well as discounts at many local stores and restaurants.
To check events and prices, visit the festival website: www.newportwinterfestival.com. You can also call 401.847.7666 for event updates and weather cancellations.