Your guide to the Newport Folk Festival

Heading to the Newport Folk Festival this weekend at Fort Adams in Newport? Here's everything you need to know before you go. 

NEWPORT, R.I. — Heading to the Newport Folk Festival this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know before you go. 



Artists and times are subject to change.

click here to download printable schedule


Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI. One of the park system’s national treasures, Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages of music, food & crafts, two beer & wine gardens and a number of displays. The festival runs rain or shine.


Getting to the folk fest via bicycle? Our friends at Spindrift have teamed up with Bike Newport to provide “Park & Bike” lots: park for free and skip the traffic!  Follow the Spindrift signs to the new bike parking area in the Lower Lot at Fort Adams. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN BIKE LIGHT FOR THE RIDE HOME.   Learn more here:


Newport Harbor Shuttle runs continuous service during the Festival weekend between Perotti Park and Fort Adams. It’s a 15 minute trip and reservations are not required.  More information can be found here.

The Jamestown Newport Ferry runs continuous service to Fort Adams with departures from One East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown and Perotti Park in Newport.  More information and tickets can be found here

SeaStreak offers a ferry service between Providence and Newport.  Regular service to Newport runs from India Point in Providence to the Seastreak Ferry Terminal at 39 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport.  On festival days, the 9:30AM ferry from Providence will add one drop offat Fort Adams at approximately 10:40AM  and one pick up at Fort Adams at 7:30PM.  You must purchase tickets in advance for the 8:00PM NP/PROV ferry to board at Fort Adams at 7:30PM.  More information can be found here.


Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI is about 1.5 hours from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City. Get directions to the Fort from your location.


Back by popular demand, Newport Folk Festival has teamed up with our friends at Skedaddle to offer the most fun and affordable way to skip the traffic and save the planet. Skedaddle makes getting to and from the festival simple with user generated transportation directly from your neighborhood to Newport. All Skedaddle routes drop off and pick up directly from the festival, saving time and making your trip easier. Below are some routes already started from Boston and NYC!
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Don’t see your city listed? Start your own Skedaddle route!


There is limited on-site car parking available at Fort Adams State. Motorcycle parking is also available on-site for $10. As parking is limited and we love Mother Earth, carpooling is encouraged!

Parking for vehicles with ADA placards or license plates is available in the Lower Lot. Each vehicle gaining access to the Lower Lot must pay the parking fee; the holder of the placard MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle and produce the issued ADA handicap placard. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500.


Avoid the Fort traffic and ride in style – park in town and take the ferry. In town private parking options will be listed at a later date.  



FRIDAY (7/28) & SATURDAY (7/29) & SUNDAY (7/30)
BOX OFFICE opens at 9am
GATES open at 10am
PARKING opens at 8am / Shuttles start at 9am
WATER TAXIS start at 8am
FOOD & CRAFTS start at 10am
MUSIC starts at 11am
MUSIC stops at sundown


Thanks for your patience, the 2017 schedule will be posted in early July!


Sorry, no camping is available at Fort Adams State Park but there are campgrounds not far from the festival grounds. Check out this google map of camp sites in the area. Also, check out in the Recreation/Camping section for additional suggestions.


  • Only one small hand held cooler (no larger than 16″ x 12″) – all coolers will be searchED
  • An individual blanket (Maximum size 6’x8′)
  • Strollers that are reasonably sized and do not obstruct the view of others
  • In the event of rain, umbrellas are allowed in the venue and in seating areas but must be closed and stored during sets so as not to obstruct the views of others.  
  • Low-backed chairs (under 30″) to ensure good viewing for your neighbors.  These are only allowed outside no chair zones.
  • Small shade structures such as chairs with roofs and baby beach cabanas are allowed in designated shade areas only as space allows.  No pop up tents.
  • Cameras are permitted but cannot be used to reproduce the event and must not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the festival (NO AUDIO CAPTURING IS ALLOWED)
  • Good attitude
  • Open mind
  • Love of music


  • Harassment of any kind!  All festival-goers are welcome regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, or pregnancy.
  • Large coolers, glass containers of any kind, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances of any kind, firearms, noise-making devices, laser pointers, knives, box cutters, tools of any kind (including Leathermen) pepper spray, Mace, or any kind of item that could be used as a weapon. Beverages in plastic bottles or cans must be factory-sealed. 
  • flag poles
  • commercial audio visual equipment
  • Beach umbrellas or beach balls (because they could end up in the bay and hurt the wildlife)
  • No chairs over 30” are allowed in lawn seating areas and no chairs under 30” are allowed in the “no chair zones.”
  • Chairs with roofs and other shade structures over 30” are prohibited in lawn seating areas
  • No pop up tents
  • No pets
  • Please leave your selfie sticks at home. Meet fellow folk & have them take the photo for you!
  • No drones.  Any use of drones/UAS in the vicinity of any public open air event would violate Rhode Island’s Uniform Aeronautical Regulator Act (UAR) and Aeronautics Regulations, constituting a misdemeanor. Please leave them at home for the safety of all our folk.


All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges will be processed by Newport Folk.

All artists, set times and stages are subject to change.

Events take place rain or shine. If severe weather becomes an issue and we need to interrupt programming, announcements will be made regarding safety procedures.  Programming will resume when deemed safe.  

All persons, bags and personal items are subject to inspection before entering the festival.  No bag larger than 16”X16”X8” will be permitted inside the venue. 

Any ticket holder that directly or indirectly interferes with the enjoyment of the festival may be asked to leave the venue and may be subject to arrest and prosecution by State/Local Authorities.

The festival will continue to make every effort to ensure socially acceptable behavior in order to allow ticket holders to enjoy the event.  

Newport Folk Festival encourages a smoke-free environment and asks that you respect the health of your neighbors at the festival and refrain from smoking in any area where it may affect someone else. Smoking is prohibited under all tents and inside buildings. Please find an isolated area if you must smoke, and dispose of your butts properly.


For all you thirsty folk, over 21 ID wristbands and tokens will be available during the morning hours so you can get them before the gates and gardens open, and be ready for the starting bell. Please drink responsibly.

Back by popular demand, we will again be offering one free drink token with the purchase of a Newport Folk branded reusable Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint. Purchase your pint at the first token booth outside the main entrance gates from 9:00 AM  while supplies last.  Please help us reduce waste.  Last year’s pints sold out in the first 15 minutes so grab yours early.

Beer/Wine Garden Rules & Regs: Must be 21 to enter gardens. IDs will be checked at all token sales locations and over 21 wristbands will be issued. Over 21 wristbands are good all weekend so get one once and keep it on.

Drink tokens: Drink tokens can be redeemed for beer, wine or hard cider, and will be sold at all ID checkpoints as well as inside the gardens. Tokens are good all weekend but they are NON-REFUNDABLE. Plan to use them up before the weekend is over. Cash and credit cards are also accepted in the gardens but only in specified lines. Food & other beverages are also available. Read all signs carefully.

Beer Garden Hours: Noon – 6:30 PM Daily

Advance Token Sales: Tokens will be available outside the gate beginning one hour before gates open each day and will also be sold in each garden.


To ensure sure you enjoy the festival to its fullest, we thought it would be helpful to share these helpful facts and suggestions:


We have some great food trucks and craft vendors on-site.  Stay tuned for 2017 vendors.


KIDS UNDER 3 ARE FREE! Make sure to use the Family Gate if you have purchased Children’s Tickets.  Children’s tickets can only be scanned at Family Gate. Inside, The Late July Family Tent will feature surprise performances by artists from the 2017 lineup.



Bring a piece of the folk fest home with you! Stop by our merch booth on the way to the Fort Stage to grab official 2017 gear. Please note we will no longer offer plastic bags at the merch tent  but will have $5 Newport Folk tote bags available for purchase.  Help us go greener by carrying your gear home in a Newport Folk tote.  


There will be a standing/dancing zone in front of the Fort Stage. Chairs and blankets are allowed outside of the no chair zone and in most other areas of the park. Although we do not clear out the standing/dancing area in between sets, we do make sure that this area remains a standing-only zone while artists are performing. The audience is welcome to sit down in this area in between performances, but we do not permit anyone to put out blankets, chairs, or other personal items as a means of spot-saving.



Parking for vehicles with ADA placards or license plates is available in the Lower Lot. Each vehicle gaining access to the Lower Lot must pay the parking fee; the holder of the placard MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle and produce the issued ADA handicap placard. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500. ADA parking is available.


An area on the lawn at the Fort Stage is reserved for disabled patrons. This section is located in a roped off area to the side of the sound board. This area is accessible by a paved road from the festival entrance. Because space is limited, each disabled patron is allowed one guest to accompany. Seating is not provided in this area so guests should bring blankets or low-backed lawn chairs.


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