The 27th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival!

The 27th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival!
The 27th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival!

by | Sep 22, 2017 | Newport Events | 0 comments

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is the event of the year for seafood lovers. Come celebrate the harvest of the sea in downtown Newport, RI with live music, special events, and, of course, lots and lots of delicious, fresh seafood. October 14th and 15th, 2017.

Newport’s historic Bowen’s Wharf is always good for a visit. The mix of upscale waterfront dining and shopping, 18th-century commercial wharf buildings, and a busy marina provide a constant center of activity. During the annual Seafood Festival, things really get jumping! The siren’s song of fresh, local seafood is a strong one and few events offer the variety seen at a Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival.

Both the vendors beneath the colorful festival tents and those in the nearby restaurants serve their best seafood dishes. Fish tacos, lobster rolls and full lobster dinners, fried calamari, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters, clams, and much more! Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival always provides a veritable cornucopia of fresh, local seafood and superb, local seafood creations.

Not a seafood fan but still planning to attend? Don’t worry – you won’t go hungry at the festival! There are plenty of “turf” options like burgers and chicken, plus an array of desserts and sweet snacks like kettle corn. This year will also see gluten-free delicacies, courtesy of Lola’s Blue Farm.

Water, fresh juice, soft drinks, cold beer, and signature cocktails will also be available. Best of all, proceeds from the festival’s bars go towards Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s new sailing education vessel!

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival provides cafe-style seating throughout the Wharf. You probably won’t be spending much time in your seat, though. The live music on schedule for the festival is some of the most energetic and infectious from the regional scene, with everything from rock n’ roll, to reggae, and cool jazz.

2017 Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Music Lineup
Saturday, October 145th
11am – 1pm: The New40 – Soulful grooves with a twist
1pm – 3pm: Cee Cee & the Riders – Blues, old time Rock n’ Roll, and favorite covers
3pm – 6pm: Chelley, Bill & Dyl – Cool Jazz, and soulful R&B with a touch of Country

Sunday, October 15th
11am – 1pm: The TeleDynes – Surf Rock
1pm – 3pm: Panoramic View – Caribbean energy
3pm – 5pm: The Copacetics – Reggae and Ska

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival 2017

October 14th, 11am to 6pm & October 15th, 11am to 5pm
13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Be sure to visit: for more information and pictures from last year’s festival.

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Lodging
Upwards of 10,000 people attend the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival every year. If you plan to attend, you’ll want to find your accommodations now while there are still some available! Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts provide plush amenities, personalized hospitality, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Make the most of your Newport County vacation with accommodations at a Newport County B&B.

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