NEWPORT Ė THE OFF SEASON IS ON IN 2018
IRISH TRAVEL & CULTURE MAGAZINE
It’s hard to decide if Newport is best known for being the Sailing Capital of the World or for its legendary Gilded Age mansions, but this coastal New England enclave offers extraordinary experiences the whole year through. Though summer may steal the spotlight, locals are ready to let you in on a closely guarded secret: the off season is on!
There’s a palpable elation throughout the City by the Sea during Christmas in Newport, a month-long celebration toasting simple traditions of the holiday season. Approaching its 47th year, events are tailored to entertain every age, including festive tree lightings, train rides, historical tours, shopping strolls, concerts and dances, Victorian-era Christmas customs, culinary fêtes, arts and cultural celebrations and more.
Bowen's Wharf Block Party & Illuminated Boat Parade, Newport, Rhode Island
In February, the 30th Annual Newport Winter Festival returns just in time to cure your cold weather cabin fever. Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the festival features 150+ events ranging from children’s fairs and princess parties to culinary cook-offs, concerts and cocktail competitions. Throughout the event, savor the Newport Burger Bender, a friendly contest featuring America’s favorite comfort food.
The 62nd Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 17, 2018)
March welcomes Irish Heritage Month, highlighted by the 62nd Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Newport- Kinsale Chef Exchange which welcomes guest chefs and restaurateurs from Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland.” (Now you can fly directly to Cork in addition to three other destinations in Ireland, plus the U.K. and Scotland for less on Norwegian Air from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport.)
Newport Cliff Walk during Daffodil Festival
Just in time for spring is the Newport Daffodil Days Festival with myriad events toasting the nearly one million daffodil blooms citywide. By May, the Volvo Ocean Race returns to Newport – the grueling sailing race that circles the globe. As the only stopover in North America, Newport’s reputation as the Sailing Capital of the World comes alive during 10 days of waterfront festivities.
Volvo Ocean Race, Newport, Rhode Island
From Cliff Walk to culinary delights, beaches to bike paths, music to museums, come discover all the treasures Newport has to offer!
WINTER/SPRING EVENTS OF NOTE
Nov 18-Jan 1: Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Nov 24-Jan 1: Christmas at Blithewold Mansion
1-31: Christmas in Newport
1: Newport Polar Bear Plunge
16-25: Newport Winter Festival
16-25: Discover Newport’s Burger Bender
17: Newport Bridal Show
1-31: Newport Irish Heritage Month
2-11: Newport Restaurant Week
17: Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade
17: Newport Kinsale, Ireland Chef Exchange
31: Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch at Rosecliff
1-May 31: Gateway to Spring-Blithewold Mansion
14-22: Newport Daffodil Days Festival
8-20: Volvo Ocean Race Newport
19-20: Bowen’s Wharf Newport Oyster Festival