Newport Jazz Events | Fort Adams State Park
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The festival features thee full days of jazz, from July 31 - August 2 on three different stages 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. In between sets, in addition to enjoying the breathtaking views and ocean breeze, patrons 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.
Map shown is from 2014 event. Please check back for 2015 map.
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 calling (800) 745-3000.
General Admission Accommodations for patrons with disabilities:
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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1. What time does everything open?
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
2. Is there parking on-site?
Yes. Limited on-site festival parking available at Fort Adams State Park: $15.00 per vehicle in advance; $20.00 on festival weekend. A 3-day parking package is also available for $36. To purchase in advance, select parking option during ticket buying process. Parking opens at 8am.
3. Are there alternatives to driving to the Fort?
BY 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.
4. 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 the Discover Newport website for campground information.
5. What can I bring with me?
• Only one small hand held cooler (no larger than 16x12) per person allowed
• Maximum size for individual blankets is 8'x 10'
• Low-backed chairs only (under 30") to ensure good viewing for others
• Hand held still cameras
• No glass containers admitted. All coolers will be searched.
• No alcohol
• No Pets
• No beach umbrellas, tripods or anything that could obstruct the view of others
• No audio and visual recording devices
6. What about the weather?
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. Bring sunscreen and consider wearing a hat! If severe weather occurs programming may be temporarily interrupted, but will continue when weather allows.
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