Polo will take place this weekend at Second Beach as part of Newport Winter Festival

The 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival, touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza”, returns February 15th-24th, 2019 throughout Newport and Newport County.

Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Chili Cook-Off, 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown, Princess Party and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes and more!

For tickets, updates, and more information, visit www.newportwinterfestival.com.

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Featured Events 2019

Friday Feb. 15 

Polar Pineapples

3:00pm-11:00pm: Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island, (Formerly Hyatt Newport).

Polar Pineapples is back for its sixth year in a row, with a newly upgraded venue! Purchase a cocktail from the ice bar and stay warm around one of Gurney’s eleven firepits, all while having the best views of the bay. Free Hot Cider with Bracelet. Hours 3- 11pm, 401.849.2600.

The Eagles Experience

8:30pm: Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup

The Eagles Experience aims to be the most authentic tribute show to the Eagles available today! With a one-to-one lineup that reflects the Eagles during their heyday in the late 70s, the members of the band are each dedicated to presenting their part as accurately as possible, and will provide you with an ultimate “Eagles Experience.” Watch them nail classic songs like “Best of My Love” and “Take It Easy.” You’ll also hear smash hits like “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” “Heartache Tonight” and many more during this live concert. Tickets for sale online and at the door, $20/ $15 in advance or w/bracelet. VIP Tickets Sold Out. Free Parking across the street at the Visitors Center.Buy Now

Saturday Feb. 16 

Ice Sculpting Demonstration Presented by Bailey T’s

❅ 11am-2pm: 20 Long Wharf Mall.

Presented by Bailey’s T’s, Co. Sponsored by Liberty Donuts. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and power sanders as they create masterpieces. Don’t miss these spectacular works of ice! The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt. To participate or for more information call the festival office at 401.847.7666. FREE 

The 24th Annual Chili Cook-Off presented by Sam Adams

❅ 11am-3:30pm: Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island, (Formerly Hyatt Newport).

Winter heats up as area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  Enjoy Sam Adams specials. To enter your chili call 401.847.7666. Admission:  $10/$8 w/ bracelet. Children (6-10) $4/$2 w/bracelet.  Children under 5 Free! To enter your chili call 401.847.7666.

Free Trolley Saturday Feb 16th For the Chili Cook-Off! It will begin running from 11:15am and end at 3:45pm. Stops at The Newport Gateway Center, The Newport Harbor Hotel, and in front of The Red Parrot taking you to the Gurney’s Resort!

Polar Pineapples

3:00pm-11:00pm: Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island, (Formerly Hyatt Newport). 

Polar Pineapples is back for its sixth year in a row, with a newly upgraded venue! Purchase a cocktail from the ice bar and stay warm around one of Gurney’s eleven firepits, all while having the best views of the bay. DJ on Saturday Night!  Free Hot Cider with Bracelet. Hours 3- 11pm, 401.849.2600.

Lyn Dillies Master Illusionist

6:30pm Newport Marriott

Amazing, dynamic, spectacular… Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies is the most highly acclaimed female illusionist in magic history. Her captivating stage show is one for the ages – all ages, in fact. Infusing all the spectacle and flash of Vegas into an enchanting, family-friendly event, Lyn’s spellbinding illusions put standing-room-only audiences on the edge of their seats and in the palm of her hand. Dillies dazzles, amazes and astounds with some of the most masterful, mind-blowing illusions in magic today. Lots of laughter and ooohs and aaahs for the whole family! Entertaining age 3 to 93! Tickets only $8 in advance or with a bracelet/ $11 at the door.Buy Tickets

Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes

8:30pm: Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island, (Formerly Hyatt Newport).

Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett.  This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all.  You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, as well as other crowd pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, and “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett smash hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.  Changes in Latitudes has thrilled audiences with their amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience! Tickets available: $17/Advance w/bracelet, $22/At the door (based on availability). Buffett VIP $45 in advance or with bracelet/ $50 at the door (based on availability) (VIP tickets include a drink ticket and upfront seating at a table.) For info/tickets order online or call the festival office at 401.847.7666. Tickets are now available! Buy online HEREBuy Now

Sunday Feb. 17 

The Children’s Fair Sponsored by Webster Bank

11:30am-4pm, Gurney’s Newport Resort, 1 Goat Island

A great day of entertainment and fun for the kids! Music, dancing, reptile show, balloon creations and Magic! Admission: $10/ $5 w/ bracelet. This year thanks to King Arthur Flour, the first 400 people each day will receive a Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix or a Cupcake Mix!

  • 11:30am-3:30pm- Dance Force Leads the entertainment with the latest moves and fun games. 
  • 1pm: Rainforest Reptiles Live Show: A fun and educational presentation!
  • 2:15pm: Magic with Pepper

Monday Feb. 18 

The Children’s Fair Sponsored by Southcoast Health

11:30am-4pm, Gurney’s Newport Resort, 1 Goat Island

A great day of entertainment and fun for the kids! Music, dancing, reptile show, balloon creations and Magic! This year thanks to King Arthur Flour, the first 400 people each day will receive a Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix or a Cupcake Mix!!

Admission: $10/ $5 w/ bracelet

  • 11:30am-3:30pm- Dance Force Leads the entertainment with the latest moves and fun games. 
  • 12:15pm & 2:30pm- Magician, Juggler Funny Guy Robert Clarke: A unique comedy magic and juggling, a non-stop high energy show!
  • 1:15pm- Rainforest Reptiles Live Show: A fun and educational presentation!
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Tuesday Feb. 19

Princess Party

❅  1pm-3pm: OceanCliff Castle, 65 Ridge Road, Newport.

This year come Join your favorite princesses at location truly royal for a princess! Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with stories, songs and surprises! Co-Sponsored by OceanCliff/Newport Experience. Questions? call 401-847-7666. No strollers allowed in the ballroom due to space. Tickets available in advance online. You must have a bracelet per person to get the bracelet price. Tickets Adults and Children $13 or $10 w/ bracelet. Tickets sold at the door based on availability. Buy Tickets Now!

Sam Adams Beer Dinner

6:30pm: Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar

Enjoy this annual event as a visiting brewmaster from Sam Adams brewery guides guests through a selection of beers paired with a distinct menu specially prepared by the Mooring chefs for this occasion. Reception begins at 6:30pm; dinner at 7pm. $70pp/ $65pp w/ bracelet. For a complete menu, visit www.mooringrestaurant.com. Reservations are required. Please call 401.846.2260. Menu

Wednesday Feb. 20 

Thursday Feb. 21 

Teddy Bear Tea, A Musical Celebration and Story Time

❅ 11am: Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America’s Cup Ave, Newport

Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher ‘Kavi’ Carbone share captivating stories and songs of the wonders of winter, while having tea for adults and milk and cookies for children presented by the Newport Harbor Hotel. $4/Free w/bracelet.Read More

Live Jazz For Kids Greenvale Vineyards

❅ 1pm-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.

19th Annual “Live Jazz for Kids”, Greenvale Vineyards
Our musicians are vocalists Tish Adams and Dick Lupino on bass and guest musician Yvonne Monnett. The artists will entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old time standards.  Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults.  FREE/Open to the public.  401.847.3777.

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest

9pm: The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street.

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest
The competitions heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport!  Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque.  Guests 21+ will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials.  To enter, contact the Red Parrot 401.847.3140. Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware.  FREE Admission.

Friday Feb. 22

Mad Scientist Fire & Ice Show!

6:30pm, Newport Marriott

Children will be dazzled and entertained as the interact with our Mad Scientists! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Scientific “Burp” potion will amaze Children as they learn about the scientific method, air pressure and the states of matter. Tickets sold at the door $6 or $3 w/ winter fest bracelet 

Winter Festival Comedy Show Featuring Nick Griffin with special Guest Ray Harrington

8:30pm, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

Winter Festival Comedy Show presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival.  Nick is one of the most sought after comedy club headliners in the country with a resume that includes 11 appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. He also had his own half-hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Conan, as well as many other television programs. Nick will be joined by special guest Ray Harrington. Tickets $20 in advance or with bracelet/ $25 at the door, VIP Tickets $40 in advance or with bracelet/ $45 at the door  Watch Clip Here! 

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Saturday Feb. 23 

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown

❅ 11:30am-3:30pm: Gurney’s Resort and Marina, 1 Goat Island, Newport 

Area restaurants compete with their best ooey gooey Mac & Cheese! Comfort food at its best right here, during Winter Fest! Come sample all the hot and cheesey goodness and vote for your favorite! $13 in advance online/ $15 at the door. Children: (4-9) $8.00 in advance and at the door. Bracelet Children: (Under 3) freeBuy Tickets Now!

Newport Beach Polo

❅ 3:00pm: Second Beach, Middletown RI

Winter Festival Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series. Please, no parking at the Atlantic Beach Club. People of all ages enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breath-taking views of Aquidneck Island’s renown Beaches when the ponies and players put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. FREE! www.nptpolo.com (Note: No Alcohol Permitted on the Beach)

Country Concert with Ben O’Connor

9pm-11pm: Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Ave

Country Music Artist Ben O’Connor will keep you dancing all night long to popular Country hits as well as original music! Performing at the Luke Bryan / Brett Young after party in New York City Ben has surely made a name for himself in and around the New York region. O’Connor has built a reputation in both New York City and Rhode Island of which is his home state, he certainly knows how to rock a crowd! Tickets $12 In advance or with bracelet/ $15 at the door. VIP tickets $30 in advance or with bracelet/ $35 at the door (VIP Tickets include upfront seating at a table and one drink ticket)Buy Tickets

Sunday Feb. 24 

Beach Polo

❅ 3:00pm: Second Beach, Middletown RI

Winter Festival Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series. People of all ages enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breath-taking views of Aquidneck Island’s renown Beaches when the ponies and players put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. FREE! www.nptpolo.com (Note: No Alcohol Permitted on the Beach)

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