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.
Getting to the folk fest via bicycle? Stay tuned for more info about routes and partnerships as we get closer to the festival.
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.
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. Reserve your seat now! The first 5 riders get their seat for $5! The buses will drop off & pick up at the festival entrance.
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.
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?
FRIDAY (7/24) & SATURDAY (7/25) & SUNDAY (7/26)
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
MUSIC stops at sundown
When will the schedule be posted?
The 2015 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 www.visitrhodeisland.com in the Recreation/Camping section for additional suggestions.
What is allowed into the festival grounds?
- Only one small hand held cooler (no larger than 16″ x 12″) per person allowed
- Maximum size for individual blankets is 8′x 10′
- Low-backed chairs only (under 30″) to ensure good viewing for your neighbors
- No glass containers admitted. All coolers will be searched.
- No alcohol
- No pets
- No beach balls (because they could end up in the bay and hurt the wildlife)
- No beach umbrellas or anything that could obstruct the view of others
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 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 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.
BEER, WINE, CIDER AND TOKENS
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 Late July Family Tent 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. You and your buds can play pong and corn hole while you cool off with a Lagunitas or Newport Storm ale.
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!
Stay cool and stay hydrated by frequenting our water stations provided by our friends and partners, Alex and Ani.
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 2015 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.
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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