Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840. 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, and a number of displays.

2014 Newport Folk Official Handbook

2014 Newport Folk Official Map

2014 Newport Folk Official Schedule

Getting There


By Bicycle

Getting to the folk fest via bicycle? Our friends at REI have teamed up with Bike Newport and organized “Park & Bike” lots: park for free and skip the traffic! Visit for lot information and customized bike routes!!

Water Shuttle

The Newport Harbor Shuttle provides continuous service between Perrotti Park or the Oldport Marine Dock on America’s Cup Ave in the Mooring Restaurant parking lot and Fort Adams beginning at 8 AM. Cost is $10.00 round trip and no reservations are required. From Jamestown, take the Jamestown & Newport Ferry – servicing Jamestown, Perrotti Park & Ft. Adams, leaving Jamestown & Newport approximately every 30 min. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info.

By Car

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.


We’ve teamed up with Skedaddle to offer bus trips from Boston & Providence. Use the passwords and links below to sign up! The best part? The more riders, the cheaper your ticket! The buses will drop off & pick up at the festival entrance.

SATURDAY RIDES FROM BOSTON with password 458212ca3e1
SATURDAY RIDES FROM PROVIDENCE with password 4da1c15eca2
SUNDAY RIDES TO BOSTON with password 252126dfb18
SUNDAY RIDES TO PROVIDENCE with password 60d6931f826


There is limited on-site parking available at Fort Adams State. Parking for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival will be available when festival tickets go on sale. 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. ADA parking is available. See full ADA information below.

In Town Parking

Avoid the Fort traffic and ride in style – park in town and take the ferry. Here’s some private parking options:

Lee’s Wharf Parking Lot
$10 a day, not manned, use machine to pay with credit card, no AMEX. The day expires at midnight
Lee’s Wharf, 433 Thames St, Newport, RI (401) 849-3060

Mary St Parking Lot
Large surface lot provides residents with 3 hours free parking (with resident sticker), has public restrooms and is located downtown 1 block from the waterfront.
6 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840

Long Wharf Lot
Metered lot with 24-hour operation and 9 hour limits. It is located off of America’s Cup Ave at the Long Wharf Mall.
Wyndham Long Wharf, 5 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840

The Conference and Visitors Bureau Parking Lot
Covered garage. $24 per day, about 2 Blocks from the Ann Street Pier. You may drop your luggage with us from 2pm until boarding for your convenience.
23 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, 401-845-9123

Booth Parking Inc.
138 Swinburne Row, Newport, RI, (401) 846-7275

Rules & FAQs


What time does everything open?


BOX OFFICE opens at 11am
GATES open at 12pm
PARKING opens at 10am / Shuttles start at 11am
WATER TAXIS start at 8am
FOOD & CRAFTS start at 12pm
MUSIC starts at 1pm


BOX OFFICE opens at 9am
GATES open at 10am
PARKING opens at 8am / Shuttles start at 9am
WATER TAXIS start at 7am
FOOD & CRAFTS start at 10am
MUSIC starts at 11am

When will the schedule be posted?

The 2014 schedule will not be posted until this summer.

Is there camping on-site?

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.

What is allowed into the festival grounds?

What is the smoking policy?

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.

Is there anything for children at the festival?

The Late July Snacks Family Tent will have a stage featuring some fantastic family oriented artists along with many surprise performances by artists from the main stage. The Late July Snacks Family Tent is a great place for families to take a little break, relax together and let the wonderful music, delicious snacks and ocean breeze transport you to a moment in time when life is pure, simple and good.

LOST CHILD STATION: There is a Lost Child Station at the First Aid Tent on the Festival Grounds.

Is photographic or recording equipment permitted?

Hand held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable. Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.


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 open, and before the gardens open, and be ready for the starting bell. Please drink responsibly.

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: 12 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 at the entrance to each garden.

Enhance Your Experience

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

Coming with your littlest folks?

The Family Stage will feature some fantastic family oriented artists along with many surprise performances by artists from the main stage.

Coming with friends?

Trek to the Quad Beer Garden and hang out with Tretorn in their BACKYARD. You and your buds can play pong and corn hole while you cool off with a Newport Storm ale. You may even get to hang out with some of your favorite artists – last year Kingsley Flood went head-to-head with Dawes for a nail biting match on the ping pong table.

Wanna try your hand at Folk music?

Festival attendees get a chance to share their tunes at the Martin Jam Stage! Don’t worry, we’ll provide the guitars and banjos, you just provide the tunes!

Water Stations

Stay cool and stay hydrated by frequenting our water stations provided by our friends and partners, Alex and Ani.

Charging Stations

Keep your phone batteries at full strength by visiting our multiple charging stations located inside the fort.

Official Merch Stations

Bring a piece of the folk fest with you! Head over to our merch booths (one near the Fort and one in the Quad) to grab official 2014 gear including T shirts, hats, and much more.

No Chair Zone

There will be a standing/dancing zone in front of the main stage. This area is first come first serve and will empty after each set. Chairs and blankets are allowed outside of the no chair zone and in most other areas of the park.

ADA Accessibility



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.

Seating Area

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.

Craft Vendors


2014 Craft Vendor List

To request an application for the 2015 Newport Folk Festival CraftsMarket, email or send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Festival Crafts, PO Box 3865, Newport, RI 02840. Please do not include images with your application request.

Food Vendors

Food Vendors interested in participating in the 2014 Newport Folk Festival should send booth information including a sample menu with prices, minimum space needed, electrical requirements, images of set up, references, and contact information. If you use a trailer or truck in your operations please include complete dimensions including height. Email to or mail your package to Festival Food, PO Box 3865, Newport, RI 02840. We prefer using Rhode Island based food vendors and food vendors who are based within 60 miles of Newport. Spaces and new openings are limited.

For More Information

For ticket questions email

For press inquiries related to the Newport Folk Festival, please email

To submit your artist or band for consideration, please fill out this form.

For general questions email or call the festival office at (401) 848-5055.