Fort Adams Venue


Address: 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840

About Fort Adams State Park

Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, historic Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

The Great Chowder Cook-Off will take place just outside the historic Fort, on the adjacent North Lawn.



Fort Adams State Park offers limited parking on event days.  For the Great Chowder Cook-Off there will be no parking fee at the Park but there will be other smaller events in the park that day.

riptalogo 3Take a RIPTA Bus directly to Fort Adams State Park from downtown Newport

Park at the Newport Gateway /Visitors Center

  • RIPTA Fare $2 per trip ($4 round trip per person)
  • First come, first served
  • Schedule may be subject to change depending on Newport traffic


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Experience Newport Harbor & Take a Water Shuttle to Fort Adams!

Old Port Marine and the Jamestown Ferry offer access to Fort Adams via water shuttles leaving from both downtown Newport and Jamestown.  Get details and schedules here:

Newport Water Shuttle Website: www.OldPortMarine.com

Jamestown Water Shuttle Website: www.JamestownNewportFerry.com


Book a Tour and explore the Fortress!

Fort Adams: America’s Largest Coastal Fortification. Guided tours take you from the secret tunnels deep beneath the Fort, to the top of the Fort walls, for a spectacular view of Newport Harbor.  Mid-May to October, tours hourly 10am-4pm(401) 841-0707.  Show your event ticket to receive $2 off the tour price. (This cannot be combined with another offer or discount.)



To purchase tickets for the events taking place at Fort Adams State Park click here to be directed to Ticketmaster, our official ticketing company.  Or call Ticketmaster to order by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

For information on the box office click here. 


Guest and employee safety is the top priority of the RI Waterfront Events Team. The event staff will take every reasonable step to provide a secure and enjoyable environment for all our guests. However, guests who refuse to follow the policies of the event staff and security, or those who do not comply with the policies listed below, could be removed from the event without a refund.

RI Waterfront Events prohibits anyone from bringing alcohol into the event. Anyone who deliberately conceals alcohol while attempting to enter the event will be denied entry without a refund. Those who are, or appear to be impaired upon entry, or at any time in attendance at the event, will be denied entry or will be subject to immediate removal from the event without a refund. Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from the event.

Guests must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Proper valid identification is required of all guests, and must be presented upon request to event staff or security prior to the consumption of any alcoholic beverage. Attempting to use fraudulent identification, purchasing alcohol for a minor or any guest who has been denied alcohol service, and/or attempting to purchase or possessing alcohol as a minor will result in removal from the event without refund and possible arrest.

There is a limit of two alcoholic beverages per guest per transaction. RI Waterfront Events reserves the right to deny the sale or service of alcohol to guests who show signs of impairment. Guests found in possession of alcohol after being warned not to consume or purchase alcohol face will be removed from the event without a refund and possible arrest. RI Waterfront Events reserves the right to discontinue the sale of alcohol at any time.

Service animals for Guests with disabilities are permitted. All other animals are prohibited.

All guests’ bags are subject to a security screening. Large bags, backpacks, coolers and other large containers are not permitted inside the event. If you require the use of a large bag for medical purposes please contact us in advance for approval. We can be contacted at info@newportwaterfrontevents.com.

At all our music events, there is a strict no-camera and no-video policy at the artists’ request. We reserve the right to ask that such equipment be taken out of the event. Also prohibited is the use of cell phones for pictures and videos.

Chairs and blankets are not permitted. Exceptions may be made for some events, including festivals. Please check individual event page FAQs for more details.

Should there be an immediate need to evacuate the event, guests should exit the event from either the location they entered from or the designated emergency exit closest to them.

All guests should:
• Be aware of their location in the event at all times;
• Identify the exits located nearest to them;
• Listen, watch for and follow instructions announced prior to the show start and during any intermissions (if applicable);
• Ask for assistance and information from event staff, event security, uniformed police and medical personnel;
• Designate a meeting location outside the event for their group in the event that they become separated during an evacuation.

RI Waterfront Events reserves the right to inspect any bags, clothing or other articles prior to entry into the event, and to prohibit entry, or require removal of any items at their sole and absolute discretion.

Guests may not carry the following items into the event:
• Large bags and containers, backpacks or coolers
• Outside food and beverage
• Laser pens
• Cameras or other equipment designed for the sole purpose of video and/or audio recording
• Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
• Alcohol
• Illegal drugs or substances
• Animals (except service animals to aid Guests with disabilities)
• Air horns or other distracting noisemakers
• Any devices that may interfere with and/or distract any event participant or other Guest
• Obscene or indecent clothing
RI Waterfront Events reserves the right to change or modify this policy without notice.

Standing in front of emergency exits is a violation of Rhode Island State Fire Code. Any guest that obstructs any exit will be subject to immediate removal of the event without a refund.

Most events do not allow re-entry so please plan accordingly. For such events, re-entry will be permitted only in the case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, please see the event office prior to exiting the event. Exceptions are festivals that take place within a longer timeframe and do allow for re-entry. Please check individuals events pages for more information.

Outside food and beverage is not permitted inside the event. Food and beverage is available for sale at every ticketed event.

Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited inside or near any tent at the event. Smoking is permitted in other areas of the event.

Umbrellas are permitted at the events; however, an umbrella may only be used if, when open, it provides protection only to the guest holding it and does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the event or compromise other Guests’ ability to view the event. Guests may be asked to close their umbrella if it is obstructing the view of other guests.