The 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival returns with 10 days of live music, foodie contests, kid-centric activities and more on The Classic Coast on February 15 - 24, 2019. Touted as New England's largest winter extravaganza, Newport Winter Festival offers more than 150 events. Spice things up with the renowned chili cook-off, make your own perfume, horseback ride on the beach or bundle up and head over to Polar Pineapples at Gurney's for an ice bar with a front row seat to picturesque views of Narragansett Bay in the winter.

 

Everything you need for the ultimate winter experience below.

 

 

STAY AND SAVE

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

Winter Getaway
Winter Getaway
Winter Weekend
Winter Weekend

 

PRICING

Pricing varies for each event ranging from free to up to $40. This year's bracelets can be purchased for $10 and provide free admission and 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.

 

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FEATURED EVENTS

Each day throughout the festival brings a lengthy list of unique and engaging events for the entire family. Listed below are the featured events provided by newportwinterfestival.com. The complete list of daily events can be found here.

 

 

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POLAR PINEAPPLES

When: Friday, February 15 - Saturday, February 16; 3:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport
Admission: Cash bar; Free hot cider with bracelet

Pineapples outdoor bar at Gurney's will be transformed again this year for the 4th 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 we will have a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge.

 

THE EAGLES EXPERIENCE

When: Friday, February 15; 8:30 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: $20, $15 with bracelet

With a one-to-one lineup that reflects the Eagles during their heyday in the late 70s, the members of the band are each dedicated to presenting their part as accurately as possible, and will provide you with an ultimate “Eagles Experience.”

 

❄️ ICE SCULPTING DEMONSTRATION

When: Saturday, February 16; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Long Wharf Mall
Admission: Free

Presented by Bailey's T's. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and power sanders as they create masterpieces. The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt.

 

LYN DILLIES MASTER ILLUSIONIST

When: Saturday, February 16; 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: $11, $8 with bracelet

Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies is the most highly acclaimed female illusionist in magic history. Her captivating stage show is one for the ages – all ages, in fact. Infusing all the spectacle and flash of Vegas into an enchanting, family-friendly event, Lyn’s spellbinding illusions put standing-room-only audiences on the edge of their seats and in the palm of her hand. 

 

JIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE BAND

When: Saturday, February 16; 8:30 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport
Admission: $17, in advance with bracelet, $22 at the door; VIP: $50/$45 with bracelet (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating)

Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s 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 classics  like Margaritaville, Volcano, and of course Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. 

 

❄️ THE CHILDREN'S FAIR

When: Sunday, February 17 - Monday, February 18; 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport
Admission: $10/$5 with bracelet

A great day of entertainment and fun for the kids. Music, dancing, reptile show, balloon creations and magic.

 

❄️ PRINCESS PARTY

When: Tuesday, February 19; 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: OceanCliff
Admission: $13, $10 with bracelet

Join your favorite princesses 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.

 

SAM ADAMS BEER DINNER

When: Tuesday, February 19; 6:00 PM
Where: The Mooring
Admission: $70 per person, $65 with bracelet

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. Reception begins at 6:00 PM; dinner served at 6:30 PM.

 

❄️ 31ST ANNUAL NACHO TASTING

When: Wednesday, February 20; 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Brick Alley Pub
Admission: Free with bracelet and purchase of beverage

Sample award-winning nachos at Brick Alley Pub.

 

WINE + CHEESE CLASS

When: Wednesday, February 20; 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $42, $40 with bracelet

Enjoy an evening where our wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards estate-grown wines.

 

❄️ TEDDY BEAR TEA

When: Thursday, February 21; 11:00 AM
Where: Newport Harbor Hotel
Admission: $4, free with bracelet

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 presented by the Newport Harbor Hotel.

 

❄️ LIVE JAZZ FOR KIDS

When: Thursday, February 21; 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Greenvale Vineyards
Admission: Free

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.  

 

WINTER FESTIVAL COMEDY SHOW

When: Friday, February 22; 8:30 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport
Admission: $20 in advance or with bracelet, $25 at the door; VIP seating: $40 in advance or with bracelet, $45 at the door

Nick Griffin is one of the most sought after comedy club headliners in the country with a resume that includes 11 appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. He also had his own half-hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Conan, as well as many other television programs. Nick will be joined by special guest Ray Harrington.

 

COUNTRY CONCERT WITH BEN O'CONNOR

When: Saturday, February 23; 9:00 - 11:00 pm
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: $12 in advance or with bracelet, $15 at the door; VIP: $30 in advance or with bracelet, $35 at the door

Country music artist Ben O'Connor will keep you dancing all night long to popular country hits as well as original music. Performing at the Luke Bryan / Brett Young after party in New York City, Ben has surely made a name for himself in and around the New York region. O'Connor has built a reputation in both New York City and Rhode Island, his home state.

 

BEACH POLO

When: Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24; 3:00 PM
Where: Second Beach
Admission: Free

Enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breathtaking views of Newport’s renowned beaches while ponies and players partake in a polo match on the sand.

 

 

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COMPETITIONS

Newport Burger Bender
Newport Burger Bender
Throughout Newport Winter Festival. The Red Parrot. Area restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with the hopes of being crowned the Best Burger in Newport while you vote for your favorite.
Mac & Cheese Smack Down
Mac & Cheese Smack Down
Saturday, February 23. 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Gurney's Newport. Area restaurants compete with their best mac & cheese
Chili Cook-Off
Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, February 16. 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Gurney's Newport. Area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town.
 

 

DAILY EVENTS

HORSEBACK RIDING BEACH TRAILS

10:00 AM, 12:00 PM + 2:00 PM. Enjoy a 1.5-hour horseback ride along Third Beach or 2.5-hour horseback ride along Second Beach.
Location: Second Beach/ Third Beach
Admission: 2.5-hour ride: $125, $100 with bracelet; 1.5-hour ride: $100, $80 with bracelet

 

PSYCHIC TAROT READINGS 

(Except Wednesday and Thursday) 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2019 holds for you?
Location: Newport Marriott
Admission: $25 for 15 minutes or 22 with bracelet

 

FROSE POPS, FUDGE + FIRE

(Except Sundays, Monday and Tuesday) 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Frose (frozen rosé) pops made from Newport Vineyards Rosé. Warm up by the Brix fireplace, then cool down with your choice of house-made Newport Vineyards frozen rosé pops or Newport Winter Festival speciality cocktails and indulgent house-made fudge. 
Location: Newport Vineyards
Admission: TBA

 
HELICOPTER TOUR AND VINEYARD PACKAGE

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, wine tasting and logo wine glass from Newport Vineyards
Location: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $170 per couple. Upgrade to the Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $235 per couple or the Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $320. $10 off any tour with bracelet.

 

❄️ DESIGN YOUR OWN TERVIS TUMBLER

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. ids Design their own tumbler and receive 20% off that tumbler. 15% off total Purchase.
Location: Tervis Tumbler
Admission: Price of tumbler

 

❄️ MAKE YOUR OWN PERFUME

12:00 - 5:00 PM. Learn to create aromatherapy perfume blends with healer and chemist, Cynthia LaBonte.
Location: Newport Aromatherapy
Admission: $12/ $10 with bracelet

 

NEWPORT VINEYARDS WINE TASTING

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Warm up with a wine tasting of Newport Vineyard's estate grown wines. Public Tours daily at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM.
Location: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $15 wine tasting, includes souvenir logo wine glass, $2 off with bracelet

 

❄️ MAKE YOUR OWN PERFUME

12:00 - 5:00 PM. Learn to create aromatherapy perfume blends with healer and chemist, Cynthia LaBonte.
Admission: $12/, $10 with bracelet.

 

❄️ Save the Bay Seal Tours

Join Save The Bay aboard one of their education vessels for a one-hour cruise through Newport Harbor into Narragansett Bay featuring 360° views of Rhode Island State Marine mammal in their natural habitat. Catch them resting on rocks in their happy banana pose or bottling in the water. Boats are partially enclosed, but the bay can be quite chilly, so dress warmly. Daily departures from Bowen's Ferry landing on Market Square.

SCHEDULE:

  • February 16 - 17: 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
  • February 18 - 20: 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM
  • February 21: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM
  • February 22: 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM
  • February 23: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM
  • February 24: 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Admission: $22 adult, $17 seniors & kids 3-12, kids under 3 are free. $2 off with your bracelet.

 

Fire & Ice Bar

4:00 - 8:00 PM. Hotel Viking's Courtyard will feature an ice bar, fire pits & blankets. Enjoy invigorating cocktails crafted by mixologists.
Location: Hotel Viking
Admission: Cash bar

 

 

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