From its inaugural celebration in October 1990, the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers exactly that: seafood, and plenty of it.

The event has grown to be a favorite island tradition over the last 25 years, encouraging the local residents to come back to the waterfront after each summer season.

It’s the best time to celebrate our neighboring restaurants, seafood businesses, talented musicians, and the City by the Sea!

The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival continues to reinvent itself; in 2015 the event has expanded to the North to add more tents, tables and chairs by the Newport Harbor Hotel, they’ve extended their hours, they’ll welcome a tall ship and lots of new musicians, vendors and activities.

Over 15 chefs have prepared menus that include shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams, scallops, fish in jambalaya, chowder, gumbo and in tacos, fried in rolls or artfully au naturel.

Bowen’s Wharf will host this tradition of outstanding seafood and free live music on October 17th and 18th, 2015. Well-priced appetizer and meal portions allow for sampling and grazing, or full course meals with plenty of outdoor, café-style seating and festival tents.
More than just food though, the event is an education in making healthy choices. RI Shellfishermen’s Association and the Herring Alliance show us the art of shucking as well as considerations for sustainable harvesting and fishing options. Save the Bay and Clean Ocean Access offer activities and touch tanks illuminating aquaculture.

Kids of all ages will love the face painting and henna tattoos…be sure to ask about the anchor of Newport tattoos.
The flagship for this 25th Annual event is the brand new 200-foot long Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s official sailing education vessel. Interactive arts and story-telling on board with Tyler’s Tall Tales takes place Saturday from 2 to 4:30 and Sunday from 11-1:30. Boarding requires tickets available for purchase near the ship’s gangway at family-friendly prices: $1 for kids ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) and $5 for 13 and over. The ship and event is handicap accessible.

New this year: Three Seafood Festival bars are serving beer, wine and spirits from our sponsors as well as the featured drink: Perry’s Punch. All beverage sales at these bars benefit the ship. Warm cider, coffee, soft drinks are available in addition to fresh baked cupcakes and cannoli, along with kettle corn…an non-seafood menus too.
Entry to the festival is free and open to the public (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths). Festival hours are Saturday, October 17, 11am-6pm and Sunday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE!!! (If you forget your warm gear all our shops and restaurants are also open and have plenty of stylish collections).

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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