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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Newport Winter Festival

Newport is known as one of the hottest tourism destinations in the country – a reputation the Newport folks would like to retain even in the heart of winter. Hence, the Newport Winter Festival, which gets its start on February 15, right in time for a belated Valentine’s celebration. 
 
The whole Festival lasts until the 24th, with over 150 events to keep you entertained for the full 10 days. Among them (concentrating on just the first weekend, now): music choices like The Eagles Experience Tribute Show (2/15) and the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band Changes in Latitude (2/16); food competitions like the annual Chili Cook off (2/16) and the Burger Bender (2/15-24); kid-friendly happenings like the day-long Children’s Fair (2/17).  Afterwards, you can grab a Polar Pineapple cocktail at Gurney’s Resort and chill at one of the 11 fire pits, taking in some of the best water views in Newport. (2/15, 2/16). An did we mention Newport Vineyards is hosting WINEterfest Weekend (2/15-17)? 
 
Some events are ticketed, others are free with Winter Festival bracelets ($10 each). The bracelets are also good for discounts at many local stores, restaurants and hotels, not to mention the ticketed events, so they’re a must.  Bracelets and event tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting http://www.newportwinterfestival.com/online-ordering.  Go to the Festival’s website for complete schedule, ticket and discounted lodging information.   New Events are added daily!  Also, check out www.DiscoverNewport.org for lodging options. 
 
By the way, if you can’t make it until the next weekend, there’s a lot to look forward to, like a free polo match exhibition sponsored by the Newport International Polo Series (2/23 and 2/24). We could go on and on…