Thrown by the Foundation at the onset of the festival is Newport Jazz Friday, an evening concert at the open-air International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. For the fanciest among us, a limited amount of Pre-Concert Cocktail Party tickets are available featuring an open bar, music and hors d’oeuvres.
Jazz Club Life
Do you like pairing oppressive heat and capacity crowds with your jazz? Didn’t think so. The Foundation offers a premium experience package reserving for you some of the finer things in life, and a complimentary commemorative festival poster to boot. While you live the Jazz Club Life you’ll find premium Jazz Club Seating at the Fort, Quad and Harbor Stages, as well as exclusive access to a tented lounge on the North Lawn with complimentary light food, a private cash bar and stunning panoramic views of Newport Harbor, Narragansett Bay and the Fort Stage.
Vendors, Wine and Beer, Oh My!
As hunger sets in aside the longing to stretch those legs toward adventure, you’ll find creature comforts abound. It doesn’t matter from which stage you wander, there’s a craft market nearby showcasing local arts and wares of all sorts. When you’ve had your fill of trinkets and craftsmanship, check out one of two beer gardens sampling craft brews and wine. To complement your libations, the Foundation also brings together food trucks and purveyors of tasty treats both casual and decadent. Check the official website for an updated list.
Planning your trip to Newport couldn’t be easier. WBGO, official travel partner of Newport Jazz Festival, offers weekend and day trip luxury packages transporting and accommodating fans in style. Otherwise, flights into Newport State Airport are your best bet in getting to town. From there, multiple shuttle and ferry services run continuously during the festival. More information concerning schedules may be found on the official website. Alternatively, limited on-site parking is available at Fort Adams State, though carpooling is encouraged.
A wide variety of Newport homes open their doors to Airbnb guests come festival season, though there’s no dearth of options what with well over 100 hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and luxury resorts in the area. Recommended by the festival for their proximity and exceptional accommodations are Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, and the Newport Marriott.