Event of the Week: 2017 Newport Boat Show
September 11, 2017
THE 47th ANNUAL NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW KICKS OFF THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, Sept. 17. AS ALWAYS, THE SHOW WILL FEATURE NEW SAILBOATS AND POWERBOATS, AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FROM BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS.Photos/Newport International Boat Show
This year’s education opportunities include Confident Captain’s At The Helm program, which provides hands-on training courses for new boaters or those wanting to improve their skills and confidence level. Courses are available on a powerboat or sailboat. In addition, ticket holders will also have the opportunity to tour the 200’ educational Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at no additional charge. The ship will be docked at Perry Mill Wharf for tours and staff will be on-hand to answer questions.
The 2017 official charitable partner of the Show is Sail To Prevail. The organization creates opportunities for disabled children and adults to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. For over 30 years, Sail To Prevail has served more than 19,000 disabled individuals across the country with primary locations in Nantucket and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island. Attendees can stop by their booth located in Tent A, Booth 42 to meet the staff and learn more about their important mission.
Join Tesla at the Newport International Boat Show to experience the award-winning Model X and Model S. Showgoers will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment for a test drive and to learn about the vehicles’ most advanced active safety and convenience features, how to charge a Tesla at home or on the road, and discover how an electric vehicle can fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.
Visitors on Thursday will have the opportunity to cast their vote online for the best new sailboat or powerboat making its U.S. debut in the Newport For New Products People’s Choice Award. One voter will be selected at random to win a $250 American Express Gift Card.
On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the lovely and talented Sailor Donna will entertain children with singing, face painting and balloon art.
The best place to park for the Show is at Easton’s Beach, located at 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. Parking is $20 per vehicle and continuous shuttle service to and from the boat show site (approximately 1.6 miles) is available complimentary with the parking space. The parking lot and the shuttle service run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A parking pass for the Easton’s Beach lot can be purchased at the beach entrance or in advance online – parking passes purchased online must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
Handicapped parking and shuttle service are available at the Easton’s Beach lot, as well.
To avoid Newport traffic, showgoers can also park in Jamestown, Rhode Island and take the Jamestown/Newport Ferry to the Show. There is a free shuttle from the Jamestown parking lots to the ferry terminal. The ferry drops-off and picks-up at Perrotti Park – which is within walking distance to the Show. Round-trip fares are $24 dollars for adults. Tickets to the Show can also be purchased at the Jamestown Ferry terminal or on the ferry itself. Visit jamestownnewportferry.com/schedules/2017-fall-operating-schedule/ for the ferry schedule.
Additionally, the Seastreak Ferry Company offers Providence to Newport ferry service. Parking at the ferry terminal in Providence is free and there is complimentary shuttle bus service between the Providence train station, convention center, downtown and the Providence to Newport ferry terminal. The Providence to Newport ferry drops-off and picks- up at Perrotti Park. Round-trip fares are $20 dollars for adults.
→ For more information on the 2017 Newport International Boat Show, and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportboatshow.com.
Multiple waterfront facilities along America’s Cup Avenue host the show, including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf. All sites are accessible by land or by water-taxi service.
• Thursday, September 14, VIP Day: Online and at the gate tickets are $35*.
• Friday, Saturday or Sunday, September 15, 16 or 17 advanced tickets are $15* until
September 14 and day-of tickets are $20.
• Two-day discounted ticket packages are also available online.
• Children under 12 are admitted free all days when accompanied by an adult.
• Friday, September 15th only, visitors with a valid Military or Newport County Resident ID pay
$12 admission at the ticket booth (This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offer).
*Advance ticket prices are subject to additional processing fees.