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Featured Events 2024

Friday Feb. 16th

The Eagles Experience

Wyndham Newport Hotel 8:30pm

The Eagles Experience aims to be the most authentic tribute show to the Eagles available today! With a one-to-one lineup that reflects the Eagles during their heyday in the late 70s, the members of the band are each dedicated to presenting their part as accurately as possible, and will provide you with an ultimate “Eagles Experience.” Watch them nail classic songs like “Best of My Love” and “Take It Easy.” You’ll also hear smash hits like “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” “Heartache Tonight” and many more during this live concert. Enjoy samples from our Festival Sponsor Dunkin! Tickets $18 in advance/ with Bracelet or $22 at the door w/o bracelet

VIP Tickets $45 in advance/ w/ Bracelet or $50 at the door w/o Bracelet 

VIP Tickets include a drink ticket and upfront seating at a table.


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Saturday Feb. 17th

The 27th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Presented by Newport Craft

Newport Marriott 11:00am-3:30pm

Winter heats up as area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  From classic recipes to unique twists, you'll find a chili to satisfy every craving. So mark your calendars and bring your appetite for a day filled with flavor, fun, and friendly competition! To enter your chili call 401.847.7666. Tickets $12 with bracelet/ $15 w/o. Kids $4 w/ bracelet, $6 w/o.



Robert Clarke Magician/Comedy/Juggler Extraordinaire

The Newport Marriott 7pm

Superb, sophisticated and stylish!  Boston Magician​ & Juggler Robert Clarke will entertain, mystify and keep you wanting more. Providing total variety magic shows in Boston and beyond that includes awesome magic, cool juggling skills, hilarious comedy routines and tons of audience interaction.  This show is non-stop, high energy and crowd pleasing.  A show for all ages young and old and not to be missed.

Tickets $11/ $8 w/Bracelet- Tickets will be available at the Door 


Jimmy Buffett Tribute by Changes in Latitudes

Wyndham Newport Hotel 8:30pm

Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. Come enjoy  dancing or sitting and listening to all of Jimmy's top hits! This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all.  You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, as well as other crowd pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, and “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett smash hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.  Changes in Latitudes has thrilled audiences with their amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience!

Tickets $22 in advance/ w/bracelet, $27 at the door w/o bracelet

VIP Tickets $50 in advance/ w/bracelet, $55 at the door w/o bracelet

VIP Tickets include a drink ticket and upfront seating at a table.

Available at the Door


Sunday Feb. 18th

Toe Jam Puppet Band

Newport Marriott 12pm

Toe Jam Puppet Band offers a special brand of hands-on children's entertainment that grown-ups can actually enjoy. The performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.  $5 w/ Bracelet or $8 without



Magic by George

Newport Marriott 2pm

Get ready for an afternoon of magic, comedy and fun-filled family entertainment with

multi-award-winning magician Magic By George!


This dynamic show is a compelling blend of jaw dropping magic, psychic mind reading

and light, warm-hearted comedy. And the best part is… spectators will actively

participate in the show to help create a unique, fun and memorable experience! You’ll be

amazed by the appearance of LIVE BIRDS and an audience member actually


$6 w/ Bracelet or $9 without TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR


Tropical Drink Competition

Gas Lamp Grille 9pm

Come and compete for the best tropical drink or just enjoy free sampling of each drink. Contestants will need to supply glassware and liquor. To compete contact 401.845.9300. No cover, Must be 21+ to attend.


Monday Feb. 19th

Fire & Ice Mad Science Show 

The Wyndham 12:00pm

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments. The event includes foggy dry ice storms and demonstrates how giant beach balls can float in the air. We demonstrate fire’s use of oxygen to pull an egg “magically” into a flask! Students are amazed by sizzling, shivering scissors and special bubbly showers!  $6 w/ Bracelet or $8 without TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR


Rainforest Reptile Show

Wyndham Hotel 2:30pm

In this show, the animals are the stars! Kids will learn all about these fascinating animals, their natural behaviors and their habitats. Animals include alligators, huge snakes, turtles, and lizards!  $6 w/ Bracelet or $8 without 


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Tuesday Feb. 20th

Teddy Bear Musical Celebration and Story Time

Newport Harbor Hotel 11:00am

Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher ‘Kavi’ Carbone share captivating stories and songs of the wonders of winter, while having tea for adults and milk and cookies for children presented by the Newport Harbor Hotel.

Tickets will be sold at the door $3 with Bracelet, $6 without 


Beer Dinner at the Mooring

6:00pm: The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, 1 Sayer's Wharf

Enjoy this annual event as a visiting brewmaster will guide guests through a selection of beers paired with a distinct menu specially prepared by the Mooring chefs for this occasion. Reception begins at 6:00pm; dinner at 6:30pm. Chefs will prepare a delicious 4 course meal with Welcome reception hors d'oeuvres, that will be paired with 5 featured local beers from Tilted Barn Brewery. You can purchase tickets by calling the Mooring Restaurant (401) 846-2260, Tickets are $85 w/ bracelet and $95 with out

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Wednesday Feb. 21st

Princess Party

1:00pm-3:00pm OceanCliff 

Come Join Elsa, Anna and Mirabel at OceanCliff Castle! Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with stories, songs, dancing and even decorate your own crown to bring home! Co-Sponsored by OceanCliff/Newport Experience. Questions? Prince's are welcomed too! All children and parents will need a ticket. call 401-847-7666. No strollers allowed in the ballroom due to space. $15 with Bracelet (Each person needs a bracelet if paying bracelet price, bracelets will be checked at the door) $20 without bracelet

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Thursday Feb. 22nd

Jazz for Kids at Greenvale

1pm-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.

The artists will entertain guests and they will love enjoying jazz in a setting incorporated with old time standards.  Wine tasting will be available for purchase.

FREE/Open to the public.  401.847.3777.

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Matt Roberts Comedy Magic

Wyndham Hotel 6:30pm

Fun for the whole family, Matt Roberts brings his unique brand of astonishing magic and clean comedy to this special event. This all-ages performance features incredible magic, tons of fun audience interaction, skillful sleight-of-hand, smart clean comedy, predicting future events, a jaw-dropping coincidence, a demonstration of time travel, Matt’s memorable levitation illusion & more! Tickets $11/ $8 with Bracelet 

Tickets will be available at the Door 

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Annual Best Hot Drink Contest

8:00pm: The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street.

The competitions heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport!  Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque. Guests 21+ will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials.  To enter, contact the Red Parrot 401.847.3140. Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware.  FREE Admission and FREE Samples!

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Friday Feb. 23rd

Comedy Show with Steve Sweeney & Will Noonan

Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport 8:30pm

Legendary Boston comedian Steve Sweeney will be headlining the annual Newport Winterfest comedy show on February 23rd at 8 PM at the Hotel Viking. Joining Steve and making his Newport Winterfest debut will be follow Boston comedian Will Noonan. Sweeney has appeared in dozens of television programs and films including Farrelly brothers hits Something About Mary and Me, Myself & Irene. Steve’s hilarious stand up act has been seeing on HBO, Letterman, Conan and Comedy Central.Noonan was a finalist in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival in 2018 and named Best Boston Comedian in 2019 by Improper Bostonian magazine. He has appeared on numerous television programs seen on Fox, Hulu and MTV.  

Tickets $24 in advance or w/ bracelet/ $29 at the door

VIP Tickets $49 in advance or w/ bracelet $55 at the door

VIP Tickets include upfront seating at a table and a drink ticket 



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Silent Disco

9pm OceanCliff Hotel

New this year! What's a Silent Disco? 

A silent disco is basically a giant dance party, where all the participants wear headphones. Everyone enjoys dancing together, but they can individually control the music’s volume and the genre of music they’re listening to. Tickets $20 in Advance or at the Door w/ Winter Fest Bracelet, $22 at the Door with out Bracelet.  BUY TICKETS



Saturday Feb. 24th

Mac & Cheese Smackdown

Newport Marriott 11am-3:30pm in Two Time Slots 11am-1pm & 1:30pm- 3:30pm

The Mac is Back! – The Cheesiest Event Rhode Island Has Ever Seen… The Mac and Cheese Smack Down! Join us for the ultimate mac and cheese showdown at the Newport Marriott Hotel. Get ready to indulge in a cheesy extravaganza like no other. Whether you're a mac and cheese connoisseur or just a fan of this comfort food classic, this event is a must-attend.

Sample a variety of mouthwatering mac and cheese creations prepared by talented local chefs. From traditional recipes to innovative twists, you'll have the chance to savor an array of cheesy delights. Cast your vote for the best mac and cheese dish and help decide the winner!

Bring your appetite and prepare for a cheese-filled day of fun and friendly competition. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience a mac and cheese lover's dream. Grab your friends and join us at the Newport Marriott Hotel for the Mac and Cheese Smackdown!


Tickets $20 in advance/ $22 at the door IF AVAILABLE. Kids 4-9 $10 in advance/ $12 at the door IF AVAILABLE. Under 4 is free 



Tickets will be available at the door based on Availability 11am-1pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm



Hotel Viking- 6:30pm

A fascinating show filled with tricky manipulations and juggling with bubbles. With plenty of comedy for all ages. BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities of spherical liquids.This is not a show intended to keep a 2 year old engaged; this is a bubble show to keep the 5 to 85 year-olds mesmerized.

Tickets $10/ $7 with Bracelet-

Tickets will be available at the Door  - Street Parking or Valet 


Bennie and The Jets a Premier Elton John Tribute!

Newport Marriott - 8:30pm

Join us for an awesome night with Bennie and The Jets a Premier Elton John Tribute Band! Get ready to sing and dance to all your favorite Elton John hits, like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I'm Still Standing and More performed live at the Newport Marriott Hotel. This in-person event will transport you back in time with the incredible music and energy of Elton John. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience the magic of Elton John's music brought to life by the talented members of Bennie and The Jets. Grab your friends and get ready for a night of pure entertainment!

Tickets $22 in advance/ w/bracelet, $27 at the door w/o bracelet

VIP Tickets $50 in advance/ w/bracelet, $55 at the door w/o bracelet

VIP Tickets include a drink ticket and upfront seating at a table.


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Sunday Feb. 25th

Ice Carving Demonstration

Presented by Dunkin

Long Wharf, Newport RI - 11:00am

Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and power sanders as the create master pieces. Don't miss these spectacular works of ice! The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt so be sure to check them out before they are gone! Dunkin' will be there with samples and giveaways! 

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