Newport Jazz Events | Fort Adams State Park
Fort Adams State Park see map
The festival features three full days of jazz, from July 31 - August 2 at Fort Adams State Park. One of the Park System's national treasures, the Fort is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor and has panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The venue has three different stages with a mixture of both general admission areas and reserved areas. All Fort Adams tickets provide access to all three stages. In between sets, in addition to enjoying the breathtaking views and ocean breeze, you can also enjoy the unique food and crafts areas throughout the festival site, or relax in one of the Louis Jadot Wine Cafés where wine, beer and food is served.
General admission seating at the Fort Stage is first-come first-served on a large uncovered lawn. Patrons may bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs (under 30"). At the smaller stages, there is a combination of folding chairs, open seating and standing room.
There is a Reserved Seating section at the Fort Stage which is located approximately 100' from the stage, directly behind the first area of general admission seating. The section is easy to access from the road and a chair is provided. The premium seats are in the center of the section. The regular reserved seats are house right of premium. Please note there are fewer seats now than there have been in past years, so buy early for the best selection!
Map shown is from 2014 event. Please check back for 2015 map.
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
Daily music schedules for Fort Adams State Park will be posted in July.
Limited on-site festival parking available at Fort Adams State Park. See purchase information for parking
Accessible parking for person with mobility disabilities available. See accessible parking information
Ride your bike or take the watter shuttle, and enjoy scenic view of Newport on the way to the festival, while reducing your carbon footprint! See bike & water ferry information
• 1x small cooler (max 16"x12)" per person
• Picnic Blankets (max 8'x 10')
• Low-backed chairs (max 30")
• No glass containers
• No alcohol
• No Pets
• No beach umbrellas
Food and refreshements can be purchased from vendors throughout the festival grounds.
Beer & Wine, as well as food, can be purchased in the cafe areas located on the pier and in the Fort quad (see map for locations). Patrons must be 21-years old and over to enter cafes.
A private bar and complimentary light food is available for THE Jazz Club members.
Hand held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable.
Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.
AT FORT STAGE: Chairs are provided in a reserved seating section located approximately 100' from the stage. Patrons must have a reserved ticket in order to enter this section.
AT QUAD & HARBOR STAGES: Chairs are set up in front of the stage and are first-come-first served.
See map for stage locations
The festival is held rain or shine. There are tents over seating areas at the Quad and Harbor stages and shade can be found in parts of the Quad. If severe weather occurs that is deamed unsafe for festival participants and patrons, the programming may be temporarily interrupted, but will continue when weather allows.
NJF 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.
Sorry, no camping is available at Fort Adams State Park but there are campgrounds not far from the festival grounds. Check the Discover Newport website for campground information.
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Food Vendors interested in participating in the Newport Jazz 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Craft Vendors interested in participating should email email@example.com 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.
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Parking for patrons with disabilities is located in a designated lot at Fort Adams State Park. The regular parking fee must be paid. When entering the Festival site, vehicles with patrons needing access to this lot must show their handicapped license plate or placard, or other state-issued identification. The holder of the placard or identification MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle. There will be a shuttle bus fitted with a wheelchair accessible lift to bring patrons from parking lot to the Festival entrance, running from 9am until the end of the day. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500.
Reserved Seating for patrons with disabilities can be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone by calling (800) 745-3000.
General Admission Accommodations:
An area within the general admission section on the lawn facing the Fort Stage is reserved for patrons with disabilities. This section is located in a roped off area in front of the sound board. This area is accessible by a paved road from the festival entrance. Because space is limited, each disabled patron may have one guest to accompany them. Seating is not provided in this area so guests should bring blankets or low-backed lawn chairs.
The seated areas at the Harbor and Quad stages are first-come-first serve for all patrons, with a limited number of chairs reserved for patrons with disabilities.
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Photo: © Ayano Hisa, Jack DeJohnette, 2012 Newport Jazz