festival fete Newport

Festival Fete is returning to The City By The Sea August 27th and 28th to host its second Newport Art Festival of 2016.

The two day art festival is free to attend and will be hosted in the Lobster Bar parking lot down on Bowen’s Wharf from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Overlooking a spectacular view of the harbor and all its activity, it will be a perfect weekend to stroll and shop the unique booths of over 20 local artisans, artists, crafters, painters, jewelers and more.

In a What’sUpNewp story (Newport Is Feeling Artsy) done back on June 24, 2016, Jillian Tullgren wrote about the early summer event and the background of the festival;

Since 2012, Festival Fete has been owned and operated by the hands of Pilar Colliflower, a lover of all things ‘crafty’. Often times, when you see Pilar she will be adorned with some sort of artistic and unique accessory: earrings hand made from sea glass, or a bracelet created from embossed leather. 
It’s no surprise that most of the items she wears are made by the vendors that are featured at Art Fest.

The goal of Art Fest is to support local artists, without them having to carry the overhead of a brick and mortar business. While the company is still young, the growth of Festival Fete is evident and the opportunities for larger, or even long term, festivals are in the near future. Pilar has a mailing list of over 10,000 vendors, and as more artists emerge, the list continues to grow. Whether it is yogic inspired jewelry by OMstack, or home furnishings made from up cycled license plates, there is sure to be something that you will fall in love with.

For updates on the event throughout the weekend, visit Newport Late Summer Art Fest on Facebook.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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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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