The words “fall” and festival” go together like lobster and drawn butter. Throw in an ample assortment of fresh local seafood, live music, and tons of family fun, and there’s a reason why the Bowen’s Wharf Annual Seafood Festival earned a spot in Coastal Living Magazine’s roundup of "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast.”
Wondering what you’ll find at 2017’s two-day extravaganza? Here’s a closer look at the food and fun waiting for you in Newport this October 14th and 15th.
Seafood by the Sea
What more suitable setting for a celebration of all things seafood than Newport’s historic Bowen’s Wharf? Honoring the region’s extraordinary “harvest of the sea,” local restaurants and fishermen’s associations come together under the tents to serve up a beautiful bounty of the ocean's amazing treasures, including lobster dinners, clam chowder, calamari, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters, clams and much more.
But landlubbers and sweets seekers aren’t out of luck: They’ll also find ample to sample at the event. There's fresh smoothies, donuts and kettle corn.
Fancy a signature cocktail with your lobster tail, meanwhile? Beverage options, including plenty of cold beer, abound.
Boats, Boogieing and Beyond
Fish may swim and crustaceans may crawl, but humans love to dance. And you’ll find plenty of reason to shake a leg (or fin, as the case may be) thanks to a lineup of bands on both Saturday and Sunday, including everything from surf rock and reggae to cool jazz and rock and roll.
Also on the agenda for the Bowen’s Wharf 27th Annual Seafood Festival? An onsite scavenger hunt in collaboration with the Rhode Island Oyster Trail, and ship visits of RI’s brand-new official sailing education vessel, the 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry at Bowen’s Wharf Marina. (Did we happen to mention that proceeds from the festival bars benefit the ship?) Through it all, the Nature Conservancy of RI will be around making sure that all recyclables, compostables, shells and trash are disposed of in the most planet-friendly way.
There’s a reason why thousands of revelers head to Newport every year for this free (yes, you read that right) event. And since you can’t spend the night “under the sea,” why not lay your head down in the next best place? There is still room availability remaining at The Chanler at Cliff Walk.