Newport Winter Festival is billed as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza” and its easy to see why, with this much fun and festivity crammed into ten days! This year’s Newport Winter Festival theme is, appropriately enough, “May the Frost be with you,” and once again promises a unique winter experience with something for everyone.
With more than 150 events on tap, presenting the full Newport Winter Festival schedule here would be overwhelming (and largely unnecessary as you can already peruse it at your leisure on the Newport Winter Festival website), so we decided to pull out a few obvious highlights to whet your appetite.
2016 Newport Winter Festival Highlights
Beatlemania – Hyatt Regency, 1 Goat Island – 9pm
Relive the thrill of the Beatles, live on stage, with four seasoned musicians who magically capture the spirit, look, and sound of the Fab Four through 29 hits from the Beatles’ classic songbook: “Yesterday”, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Hey Jude,” and much more.
20th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off – Hyatt Hotel, 1 Goat Island – 11am to 3:30pm
Bring your appetite and get ready to use those taste buds as you help to determine who, of the assembled, area restaurant chefs, caterers and firemen, makes the best chili in Newport!
Changes in Latitudes – Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Hyatt Regency, 1 Goat Island – 8:30pm
Changes in Latitudes is the country’s premier Jimmy Buffett tribute band. You’ll have a blast as this talented group channels the Mayor of Margaritaville via flying beach balls and leis, dancing conga lines, and such classics as “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano,” and more!
February 13 & 14
Newport Vineyards & Brix Restaurant WINEterfest 2016 – 909 East Main Road, Middletown – 12pm to 5pm
Enjoy live music and wine tastings at Newport Vineyards Ice Wine Bar, along with tapas from Brix Restaurant, Fatulli’s Bakery & Deli, and other local vendors. A delicious time for all!
Thomas Tew Rum Cocktail Contest – The Revolving Door Restaurant, 509 Thames Street – 9pm
Watch, taste, and cheer on your favorites as mixologists from around the state compete to create a hand-crafted cocktail that highlights the unique and historical distilling elements found in Newport and Thomas Tew Authentic Pot Still Rum.
The 14th Annual Newport Bridal Show – Rosecliff and OceanCliff – 11am to 4pm:
Meet with more than 90 top wedding professionals and enjoy fashion shows, live entertainment, and tasty treats from top wedding caterers at the area’s largest and most elegant bridal show, presented by Newport Wedding Magazine!
Many of the events at the Newport Winter Festival are ticketed or require reservation and may sell out quickly. For tickets, further details, and a full schedule of the events planned for the 2016 Newport Winter Festival, be sure to visit the Newport Winter Festival website.
Newport Winter Festival 2016
Newport Winter Festival Lodging
You’ll find no end of things to do, places to go, and food to eat during the Newport Winter Festival – but where to stay? Rather than subject yourself to some impersonal hotel or motel room, treat yourself to the gift of a stay at a Newport Bed & Breakfast Inn! Locally owned and operated, Newport B&B’s provide plush amenities, personalized hospitality, delicious and nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the local area to help you find the things to see and avoid those that you don’t.