What's next for Newport Waterfront Events?

Newport Waterfront Events offers an entertainment experience like no other, producing quality events for over three decades in stunning outdoor settings including the Newport Yachting Center. Annually, May through October, Newport Waterfront Events has offered an eclectic lineup of concerts, comedy shows and music festivals including the Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival and Celtic Rock Festival. Newport Waterfront Events also produces the original Chowder Cook-Off Championships, International Oktoberfest and a myriad of other outdoor gatherings.

In September 2014 the Newport Harbor Corporation announced that the Newport Yachting Center property was sold and the annual Newport Waterfront Events would no longer be hosted there. At that time, a new entity was created by the Newport Waterfront Events management team, Waterfront Productions, LLC, and will continue producing these events. Over the past five months, this team has been actively seeking a new home starting in May of 2015. We are pleased to announce that we are making progress!

Fort Adams State Park was identified as an ideal location to host some of these events, just across Newport Harbor from our former home. On February 11th the Newport City Council voted to approve up to 10 concerts to be held inside the Fort walls in May and June. We are now moving forward with the RIDEM and the State of Rhode Island to seek final approvals to move forward with the annual Newport Concert Series.

We will continue to identify other venues in Rhode Island that can host the remainder of our events in 2015, but look forward to working with the City of Newport, the Fort Adams Trust and the State of Rhode Island to keep live entertainment thriving in Newport. These events will support the mission of the Fort Adams Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to awareness and preservation of this historic landmark. http://www.fortadams.org.

Thank you to all our supporters and the Newport City Council members who voted in favor of Newport Concert Series at Fort Adams in 2015:

• Justin S. McLaughlin | jmclaughlin@cityofnewport.com
• Naomi L. Neville, AIA | nneville@cityofnewport.com
• John F. Florez | jflorez@cityofnewport.com
• Lynn Underwood Ceglie | lceglie@cityofnewport.com

Once we have the final approval to move ahead we will post updates here and on Facebook. Be sure to join our email list and stay connected through social media.

Check back for updates, we hope to have event announcements very soon!

Thank you and we hope to see you on the waterfront this summer – we’ll bring the live entertainment and good vibes!

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