Dig in at Newport’s Oyster and Chowder Festival

Oyster festival newport rhode island at bowens wharf

Source: Bowen’s Wharf

In Newport, the season of seafood and festivals begins with the annual Oyster and Chowder Festival at Bowen’s Wharf. This rain or shine event takes place on Saturday, May 21st (11am to 6pm) and Sunday, May 22nd (11am to 6pm). This year, the cost of admission for this Newport seafood festival is free for all, so there’s no reason to miss the excitement! Just a quick 5-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the festivities, Hammetts Hotel is the ideal place to stay during this weekend of fun. 

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About the 2022 Oyster and Chowder Festival

This seaside affair features local live music, multiple cash bars, and of course, oysters and chowder from regional growers and vendors. Rhode Island is known for our seafood for good reason—we are home to over 45 oyster farms. Each location presents their own unique profile in terms of size, shape, aroma, texture, saltiness, and brine flavor. For our chowder fans, the clams are locally sourced and the soup is made by some of the best restaurants in the area. 

In the past, local growers (such as Salt Pond Oyster Co., East Beach Oyster Co., and Behan Family Farms) have all attended. These nearby farmers are ready to teach patrons about the oyster farming process, so bring your questions as well as your appetite! Check out the festival website for more information about the vendors that will be present at this Newport oyster festival in 2022.

A Festival With More Than Just Food 

If you’re less keen on a seafood diet, food trucks and other options from local restaurants will also be available. Pop-up bars throughout the tents will be ready to quench your thirst with pours from Moët & Chandon Champagne, Whalers Rhode Island, Bulleit Bourbon, and more. Explore the food and drink tents as you lean into the culture of the city on the sea. 

With bands that range from surf rock, classic oldies, folk-rock to blues, country, and reggae, you’ll spend the day on the dance floor. And, when the fun comes to an end, Hammetts Hotel is the perfect place to recharge and relax. With a commitment to style and comfort, you’ll feel welcome and comfortable for the night or a weekend.  

Stay at Hammetts Hotel

A classic New England favorite, this oyster festival in Newport, RI is your ideal opportunity to grab a cocktail and a dozen oysters on the waterfront. It’s the perfect excuse for a staycation too — Hammetts offers special rates for Ocean Staters that want to explore. Downtown Newport is ready for you — make a reservation for the festival weekend at Hammetts Hotel.