Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 23rd annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival this weekend. Admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine.
The event is named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005), 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 copious amounts of seafood, live music, and family fun. 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.
As you fill your bellies with fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, 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!
Rhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.
2013 Music Schedule
11am – 1pm Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk
1pm – 3pm Abbey Rhode Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Stones & More
3pm – 5pm Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!
11am – 1pm Jim McGrath & The Reprobates Traditional & Contemporary Music of the Sea, American & British Isles
1pm – 3pm Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde Original & Classic Rock
3pm – 5pm Big Cat Blues Band West Coast and Chicago Blues music