NEWPORT, R.I. – Sometimes, it’s hard to get tourists to come to Newport in the middle of an Ice Age winter. But, God, are they trying.
Tons of February ice that doesn’t kill you can certainly be dropped into a variety of chilled, mixed cocktails.
That is sort of th
e theme of the 23rd Annual Newport Winter Festival, entitled “Peace, Fun and Winter!” Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual festival will be held various hours from Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 27.
It will feature an impressive citywide 160 events, a combination of food, music, drinks, art, fairs, hunting and, oh, yes, ice-related bonanzas.
Highlights will include:
* Comedy show hosted by RocJo Productions
* Musical performance by BeatleMania, Rat Pack Tribute, Those Guys, and Tish Adams
* Storefront competition
* Annual hot drink competition
* Ice sculpting competition
* 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off
* Two-day Children’s Fair
* Sam Adams beer dinner
* 11th Annual martini contest
* Ice skating performance
* Balloon making workshop
* Citywide scavenger hunt
* People’s Credit Union Day at Easton’s Beach
* Mother/daughter makeovers
* 23rd Annual nacho tasting
* 1st Annual Chicken Wing Cook-off
And much more . . .
Due to its widespread economic impact on the entire community, the
Winter Festival is one of Newport’s most valuable Festivals. Over the past 23 years, it has grown to include more than 160 individual
events, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors to the city and drawing extended media coverage.
Well, like this.
“The amazing thing about the Newport Winter Festival is that there is something for everyone to enjoy. The combination of exciting events blended together with all the places to explore in Newport County makes for a really fun getaway,” said Evan Smith, President and CEO of the Newport Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
This year, “Peace, Fun, & Winter” will be displayed throughout Newport County with all of the events the festival has to offer. These events and activities have also benefited several charities and nonprofit organizations, including the Leukemia Society of America, Literacy Volunteers of America, the Top Shelf Foundation and other local charities.
Festival buttons are $8 and provide as much as $550 in savings. Buttons may be purchased at a variety of stores in Middletown and Newport and the surrounding area.
Go to www.Newport-WinterFestival.com  for the complete schedule and photos or call 401-847-7666.