Your Guide to the 2018 Newport Winter Festival

Newport Winter Festival Beach PoloFebruary, 2018 will mark the 30th annual Newport Winter Festival, which has been called the “largest winter extravaganza” in all of New England. This year, the Newport Winter Festival will take place from February 16-25th, and will feature over 150 events.  It’s the perfect way to keep those winter blues at bay, and there’s no place better to stay in Newport than the luxurious Cliffside Inn.  Book your room with us today!

2018 Newport Winter Festival

As in years past, the 2018 Newport Winter Festival promises to be a fantastic way to pass the time during these cold, blustery winter months.  With featured events like a Chili Cook-Off, horseback riding on the beach, an ice bar, and fun concerts by acts like a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, what else do you need? We encourage you to check out the Newport Winter Festival Calendar and enjoy as many events as possible, but here are our favorite events that you really shouldn’t miss!

  • Feb 16:  Enjoy this year’s signature cocktail at Pineapples on the Bay, which will be decorated with a variety of ice sculptures, an ice luge, and of course a picturesque view over Narragansett Bay.
  • Feb 17:  Enjoy the popular Chili Cook-off!  Local restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town.  It’s always a spicy good time at this winter event.
  • Winter Festival in Newport, Rhode IslandFeb 17:  You’ve never seen a better game of polo than the Newport Winter Festival’s Beach Polo at Easton’s Beach.
  • Feb 17:  Enjoy the sounds of Jimmy Buffet with Changes in Latitudes, one of the country’s premiere Jimmy Buffet tribute bands.
  • Feb 22:  Walk through the Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park
  • Feb 22:  Warm up with the annual Hot Drink Contest, put on by local bars and restaurants.
  • Feb 23:  It’s time to laugh yourself silly at the Winter Festival Comedy Show, featuring Steve Sweeny and Marion Grodin.
  • Feb 24:  A new event not to be missed this year is the Newport to Nashville Country Fest

The Winter Festival is also a great time to visit the famed mansions of Newport, as you’ll receive discount tickets when you show your festival bracelets. Open at this time of year are The Breakers, The Elms, Marblehouse, and Rosecliff. However it is you choose to explore Newport, your journey begins at the historic Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast, where gracious hospitality is our specialty.  Book your room at our Newport Inn today.