The 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival returns with 10 days of non-stop music, food, family-friendly activities and more from February 12 - 21. Touted as New England's Largest Winter Extravaganza, Newport Winter Festival offers more than 150 events. Heat things up at the renowned chili cook-off, or enjoy the live sounds of the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, Beatlemania and many more.

 

PRICING

Pricing varies for each event ranging from free to up to $50. This year's commemorative souvenir bracelets can be purchased for $10 and provide free admission or significant discounts to all official festival events. Bracelets provide more than $500 in savings, retail discounts and restaurant specials to more than 50 local businesses.

 

Bracelets can be purchased online or at:

 

STAY AND SAVE

Staying overnight? Take advantage of exceptional deals with these unique packages to enhance your festival visit.

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EVENTS

Each day throughout the festival brings a handful of unique and exceptional events. Listed below are the featured events provided by newportwinterfestival.com, but the complete list of daily events can be found here.

 

Friday, February 12

  • Polar Pineapples, 4-9 pm Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the Second Annual Polar Pineapples. Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge. Free hot chocolate at the Five 33 Lounge with bracelet. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island 401.851.1234.

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  • Beatlemania, 9 pm Relive the Beatles Revolution with members from The Cast of Beatlemania. These four seasoned musicians capture the spirit, look and sound of the Beatles in 29 renditions that take us back to Yesterday, Here Comes the Sun and more.$20/$15 with bracelet. VIP Tickets available: includes one drink ticket and up front seating at a table. $45/$40 with bracelet. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Purchase tickets at Festival Office: 28 Pelham Street, the Newport Visitor Center: 23 Americas Cup Avenue, or Music Box: 160 Thames St. A sellout performance every year! For information and tickets call 401-847-7666.

 

Saturday, February 13

  • Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey Ts, 11am-2:30pm 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.12 Long Wharf Mall, Newport
  • 20th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off, 11am-3:30pm Winter heats up as area restaurants, caterers and the local fire department 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! Prizes will be provided by Samuel Adams Brewery and the Newport Winter Festival. Don't miss the chance to taste them all and vote for your favorite!Adults $10/$7 with bracelet, children (6-10) $3/$2 with bracelet. Children under 5 Free. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Call 401.847.7666 for more information.Tickets will be available for purchase at the door- advance tickets are not required.
  • Newport Vineyards & Brix Restaurant WINEterfest 2016,12-5 pm Celebrate the season at the all-new Newport Vineyards and enjoy wine tastings, our infamous Ice Wine Bar overlooking the winter vineyard, live music, and food sampling from Brix Restaurant, Fatulli's Bakery & Deli and a selection of local purveyors. Admission includes wine tasting and samples at Brix Restaurant, Fatulli's Bakery and Deli booths, and additional local purveyors. $22 per person in advance- visit newportvineyards.com for advance tickets. $25 per person at the door. $5 voucher toward The Marketplace at Newport Vineyards with Winterfest bracelet.(*Valid on Marketplace items only, February 13-14, 2016. Not Valid at Fatulli's Bakery & Deli or Brix Restaurant. Cannot be combined with any additional offer or promotion. Additional terms & conditions may apply.) Visit newportvineyards.com for additional details or call 401.848.5161.909 East Main Road, Middletown.
  • Polar Pineapples, 4-9 pm Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 2nd annual Polar Pineapples. Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet, 401.851.1234. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.
  • Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Changes in Latitudes, 8:30 pm Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the countrys 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 more. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Tickets available: $15 in advance with bracelet, $20/At the door (based on availability). VIP Seating Available: $50/$45 with bracelet (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating). For information and tickets order online.On sale now.

 

Sunday, February 14

 

  • Children's Fair at the Newport Hyatt Co-Sponsored by Webster's Bank,Sunday and Monday 11:30am-4pm Bring your kids for this fun filled, two-day fair with music, face painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, reptiles and much more! Refreshments available. Call 401.847.7666 for more information. Adults and children $7/$4 with bracelet. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Purchase your tickets at the door. Advance Tickets are not required.
  • Newport Vineyards & Brix Restaurant WINEterfest 2016,12pm - 5pm Celebrate the season at the all-new Newport Vineyards and enjoy wine tastings, our infamous Ice Wine Bar overlooking the winter vineyard, live music, and food sampling from Brix Restaurant, Fatulli's Bakery & Deli and a selection of local purveyors.Admission includes wine tasting and samples at Brix Restaurant, Fatulli's Bakery and Deli booths, and additional local purveyors. $22 per person in advance - visit newportvineyards.com, for advance tickets. $25 per person at the door. $5 voucher toward The Marketplace at Newport Vineyards with Winterfest bracelet.Valid on Marketplace items only, Feb 13-14, 2016. Not Valid at Fatulli's Bakery & Deli or Brix Restaurant. Cannot be combined with any additional offer or promotion. Additional terms & conditions may apply. Visit newportvineyards.com for additional details or call 401.848.5161.909 East Main Road, Middletown.
  • Tropical Drink Contest at The Gas Lamp Grille, 9 pm Come and compete for the best tropical drink or just enjoy sampling. Contestants will need to supply glassware and liquor. To compete contact 401.845.9300.206 Thames Street, Newport.

 

 

Monday, February 15

 

  • Children's Fair at the Newport Hyatt Co-Sponsored by Webster's Bank,Sunday and Monday 11:30am-4pm Bring your kids for this fun filled, two-day fair with music, face painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, reptiles and much more! Refreshments available. Call 401.847.7666 for more information. Adults and children $7/$4 with bracelet. Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Purchase your tickets at the door! Advance Tickets are not required.
  • Thomas Tew Rum Cocktail Contest, 9 pm Entry is $5 per person/free with a Winter Festival bracelet. All proceeds from the entry fee will benefit The Maher Center, a local organization devoted to providing a broad range of services that advance independence and create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community at large. There will be cocktail samples provided for the 21+ crowd. Grand prize awarded for first place.The Revolving Door Restaurant, 509 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Tuesday, February 16

  • Teddy Bear Musical Celebration and Story Time, 11 am 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 compliments of The Newport Harbor Hotel. $3/Free with bracelet.Location TBD.
  • Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar, 6 pm 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 6pm; dinner at 6:30pm. For a complete menu, visit mooringrestaurant.com. $55 per person/$50 with Newport Winter Festival bracelet.

 

Reservations required. Please call 401.846.2260.

 

Wednesday, February 17

  • Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle co Sponsored by The Shops at Music Box, 1pm-3pm Join the Frozen Sisters, Anna and Elsa at the Winter Festival Princess Party 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! $8/$3 with bracelet. Also, The Shops at Music Box will be featuring a "Frozen Toy Boutique", with Frozen-themed plush toys, games, puzzles & dolls available for purchase during the event.Co Sponsored by OceanCliff,Newport Experience and The Shops at Music Box. For more information contact us at 401.847.7666. OceanCliff,65 Ridge Road, Newport.

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Thursday, February 18

  • 16th Annual Live Jazz for Kids at GreenVale Vineyards, 1pm-4pm 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. GreenVale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.
  • 11th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park, 6pm-9pm Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow.Free.
  • Annual Best Hot Drink Contest, 8 pm The competition heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport. Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque. Guests will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials. To enter, contact the Red Parrot at 401.847.3140. Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware. Free admission. The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Friday, February 19

  • Polar Pineapples, 4-9 pm Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 2nd annual Polar Pineapples. Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet, 401.851.1234. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.
  • BubbleMania!,6-9 pm Casey Carle's BubbleMania! is a one of a kind show loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities of spherical liquids. Casey's creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble art forms to "trapping" people inside bubbles! Come see everything from giant floating spheres up to 4-6 feet in diameter to fog filled bubbles and even a bubble "volcano!" Casey Carle's creative mastery of the art of bubbling has made him a one-man phenomenon! $6/$3 with a bracelet. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.
  • Winter Festival Comedy Show with Joe Yannetty and Buddy Fitzpatrick, 8:30 pm presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival A seasoned professional, comedian Joe Yannetty draws on his travels, his Italian heritage, family situations and Boston blue-collar upbringing to bring comedy to audiences around the world. Yannetty has been a guest on dozens of television shows, and has headlined around the world. Buddy Fitzpatrick, combines the skill of a great monologist with a physical style that brings his observations to life. Buddy's stand-up made him a regular on Comedy Central with appearances on ABC and A&E. Buddy can be seen in the Damon Wayans film Harlem Aria and in The Business of Strangers starring Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing. $25/$20 with bracelet. VIP $60/$55 with bracelet. Must be 15 or older to attend. Call 401.847.7666 for more information. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.Tickets on Sale NOW! Order them today Online!

 

Saturday, February 20

  • The 6th Annual Winter Wonderful Dog Stroll, 11 am Dress your pets in their winter outfits and take a stroll through Newport. Prizes awarded to Best-Dressed Dog, Best Coordinated Canine/Human, Look Alike Dog/Person & Best Dog Winter Trick. Prizes presented by Wag Nation. Starting at Wag Nation and ending at Queen Anne Square with the live Newport Winter Festival Snowman! Dogs and owners have the opportunity to take their pictures with the snowman, bring your camera! Free. 401.619.3719.Wag Nation, 92 William Street.
  • The 14th Annual Newport Bridal Show,11am-4pm The areas largest and most elegant bridal show, presented by Newport Wedding Magazine! Two romantic venues: Rosecliff and OceanCliff. Free parking and trolley transportation between venues. Meet with more than 90 of the top wedding professionals. Enjoy fashion shows, live entertainment and tasty treats by top wedding caterers. Grand Prizes from Lenox! Pre-register and pre-pay your ticket for the chance to win fabulous door prizes and enjoy savings on your ticket price. $15 in advance or with bracelet on show day, and $20 at the door. newportbridalshow.net 401.841.0200.
  • Winter Festival Beach Polo,1 pm presented by the Newport International Polo Series, Easton's Beach Ponies and players will 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.nptpolo.comEaston's Beach, Newport.

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  • Polar Pineapples,4-9 pm Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 2nd annual Polar Pineapples. Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet, 401.851.1234. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.
  • Illusion with Matt Roberts,6:30 pm Matt Roberts best seen as a guest on NBC's Today Show and at hundreds of live events, including Boston's Symphony Hall and The U.S. Navy. This hilarious and astonishing show features award-winning material, music and illusions like passing a member of the audience through a mirror, levitation and more.$8/ $4 with bracelet. Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.

Sunday, February 21

  • Festival Day at Easton's Beach, Easton's Beach, 12pm-2pm All ages welcome.Featured Events Include:
    • 12 pm: Polar Bear Plunge High noon plunge! The daring are invited to join in a swim in the frosty Atlantic Ocean with The Newport Polar Club.
    • 12:30 pm: Block Hunt Enjoy an old fashioned block hunt digging in the sand.Turn your block in for fun prizes; one silver block in each age category wins a grand prize.
    • 1 pm: Sand Sculpture Contest See who can build the most extraordinary structure. There are three categories: adult, family and children. Judging is at 1 pm. Great trophies sponsored by The Newport Winter Festival. Call to pre-register your team 401.847.7666 or just show up. Sand sculptures may begin anytime after 10 am. Free.
  • Winter Festival Beach Polo, 1 pm presented by the Newport International Polo Series, Easton's Beach The ponies and players will 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.nptpolo.comEaston's Beach, Newport.