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August 21, 2017

Newport Police Department: Expect Heavy Traffic due to Newport Folk Festival This Weekend


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With Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival scheduled to take place at Fort Adams State Park over the next two weekends, it should come to no surprise that there will be heavy traffic over the next two weekends.

It will surprise some and there may be a few that even say they didn’t know, so Newport Police Department has issued a press release hoping to warn all neighbors, attendees and anyone else that comes close to the route of traffic in and out of the Fort that there will be significant traffic delays this weekend.

The statement from Newport Police Department;

The Newport Folk Festival will be held Friday July 28, 2017 to Sunday July 30, 2017 at Fort Adams State Park. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and it is scheduled to end at sundown.

The parking for the festival opens at 8:00 a.m. There will be uniformed Newport Police Officers assigned to the festival to assist with traffic control.

All three days of the festival are sold out and we anticipate a heavy volume of traffic. Please plan your travels accordingly.

Of course, on their website Newport Folk Festival has some other ideas for how you can get to the Fort;

GETTING TO FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI. One of the park system’s national treasures, Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages of music, food & crafts, two beer & wine gardens and a number of displays. The festival runs rain or shine.

BY BICYCLE
Getting to the folk fest via bicycle? Our friends at Spindrift have teamed up with Bike Newport to provide “Park & Bike” lots: park for free and skip the traffic!  Follow the Spindrift signs to the new bike parking area in the Lower Lot at Fort Adams. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN BIKE LIGHT FOR THE RIDE HOME.   Learn more here: www.bikenewportri.org

WATER SHUTTLE
Newport Harbor Shuttle runs continuous service during the Festival weekend between Perotti Park and Fort Adams. It’s a 15 minute trip and reservations are not required.  More information can be found here.

The Jamestown Newport Ferry runs continuous service to Fort Adams with departures from One East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown and Perotti Park in Newport.  More information and tickets can be found here.

SeaStreak offers a ferry service between Providence and Newport.  Regular service to Newport runs from India Point in Providence to the Seastreak Ferry Terminal at 39 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport.  On festival days, the 9:30AM ferry from Providence will add one drop offat Fort Adams at approximately 10:40AM  and one pick up at Fort Adams at 7:30PM.  You must purchase tickets in advance for the 8:00PM NP/PROV ferry to board at Fort Adams at 7:30PM.  More information can be found here.

BY CAR
Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI is about 1.5 hours from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City. Get directions to the Fort from your location.

DIRECT BUSES
Back by popular demand, Newport Folk Festival has teamed up with our friends at Skedaddle to offer the most fun and affordable way to skip the traffic and save the planet. Skedaddle makes getting to and from the festival simple with user generated transportation directly from your neighborhood to Newport. All Skedaddle routes drop off and pick up directly from the festival, saving time and making your trip easier. Below are some routes already started from Boston and NYC!
Explore routes from Boston >
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Don’t see your city listed? Start your own Skedaddle route!

PARKING
There is limited on-site car parking available at Fort Adams State. Motorcycle parking is also available on-site for $10. As parking is limited and we love Mother Earth, carpooling is encouraged!

Parking for vehicles with ADA placards or license plates is available in the Lower Lot. Each vehicle gaining access to the Lower Lot must pay the parking fee; the holder of the placard MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle and produce the issued ADA handicap placard. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500.

IN TOWN PARKING
Avoid the Fort traffic and ride in style – park in town and take the ferry. In town private parking options will be listed at a later date.

For more information on the Newport Folk Festival, visit www.newportfolk.org.

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