25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival


Historic Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport will host the 25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season.

Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego’s Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman’s associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Spirits and soft drinks are available. Desserts include tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf.

Face-painting, pumpkin painting and other kid’s activities will be held alongside Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.

As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving.

Entertainment schedule:

Saturday, October 17
11 a.m. to 1p.m.: Atwater-Donnelly Duo—Traditional American Folk
1 to 3 p.m.: Abbey Rhode—Best of the Beatles
3 to 5 p.m.: Chelley, Bill & Dyl—Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B, with a Touch of Country.

Sunday, October 18
11 a.m. to 1p.m.: Throwback to the 60s—Boston’s 60s Tribute band
1 to 3 p.m.: Abbey Rhode—Best of the Beatles
3 to 5 p.m: Big Cat Blues Band—West Coast and Chicago Blues