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Your Ultimate Guide to the Newport Folk Festival

Planning a trip to the Newport Folk Festival this year? We’ve got you covered!

Every July, folk music fans flock to Newport, Rhode Island for the much-anticipated Newport Folk Festival. The three-day event boasts four stages of live entertainment and an unrivaled focus on folk music from iconic performers to up-and-coming acts.

Whether you’re all about the music and good vibes, or you’re looking to hit some of the city’s highlights too, we’re sure your Newport getaway will be fun-filled. For out-of-towners (and curious locals), we’ve rounded up the absolute must-dos in this charming New England city. Consider booking one of the many FlipKey vacation rentals near the Newport Folk Festival, and check everything off our list during your summer getaway!

Where to Find Newport Folk Festival Vacation Rentals

Search for Newport Folk Festival vacation rentals nearby.

The Newport Folk Festival takes place on the expansive lawn of Fort Adams State Park, overlooking the picturesque Newport Harbor. Book a rental nearby for your best chance at scoring front row seats—tickets are general admission and always sell out. The closer you stay to the venue, the easier it’ll be to roll out of bed and be first in line! Not only will staying in a vacation home in Newport give you easy access to the event, it’ll likely be less expensive than booking multiple hotel rooms for you and your group. Choose from cozy cottagesdowntown apartments, and more on FlipKey!

Because Newport is such a popular destination (especially during the summer!), consider expanding your vacation rental search to nearby towns like Narragansett, Middletown and Tiverton for more affordable options.

Newport Food & Drink

Newport, Rhode Island

Whether you’re craving a heaping plate of seafood, a juicy hamburger or something seasonal, there’s no shortage of award-winning food in Newport. Dine al fresco while admiring panoramic ocean views, or slide into a booth at one of the eclectic cafes downtown. Here’s where we recommend fueling up during Newport Folk Festival weekend:

Scarpetta | 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840

Caleb & Broad | 162 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

DeWolf Tavern | 259 Thames St., Bristol, RI 02809

Spiced Pear Restaurant | 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840

Boru Noodle Bar | 36 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Newport Nightlife

Check out the local nightlife before heading back to your Newport Folk Festival vacation rentals.

After a day of singing, dancing and laughing with friends, it’s no surprise you might not be ready to head back to your vacation home in Newport. Keep the party going into the wee hours of the night at some of FlipKey’s favorite spots. From casual cafes off the beaten path to popular bars known for their nightlife, check out these lively places during your stay:

The Fifth Element | 111 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

The Narragansett Cafe | 25 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835

Newport Blues Cafe | 286 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840

Norey’s | 156 Broadway St., Newport, RI 02840

One Pelham East | 270 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840

Newport Activities and Attractions

There's lots to do in Newport, Rhode Island.

Newport truly comes alive during the summer months, so you’ll have lots to do, even when you’re not at the folk festival! Tour the ornate Newport Mansions and take in more than 250 years of American history, or pop into St. Mary’s Catholic Church to see where the Kennedys got married. Ready to get off your feet? Soothe your body (and soul!) with a massage at the local spa. With so much to choose from in Newport, we urge you to check out these top attractions:

The National Museum of American Illustration | 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840

St. Mary’s Catholic Church | 12 William St., Newport, RI 02840

Newport Mansion Tours | 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840

Redwood Library & Athenaeum | 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840

The Bodhi Spa | 654 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840