The Newport Jazz Festival is an event steeped in history. Dubbed “The First Annual American Jazz Festival,” the event has served as a platform for some of the greatest jazz musicians in history, from Duke Ellington to Billie Holiday to Miles Davis. Today the festival bridges the gap between past and present while putting the spotlight on some of the genre’s brightest stars of the present day. While jazz is at the core, the festival also includes folk, indie and rock performances that offer a little more variety for those who seek it. As far as festivals go, Newport is certainly on the calmer side, with the majority of attendees being music-lovers of all ages looking to relax and listen to world class music.
Newport Jazz Festival Dates and Location
The 2017 Newport Jazz Festival is held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI August 4-6.
The ceremonial Newport Jazz Festival Friday evening concert venue is The International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport Jazz Festival Lineup
Some artists appearing at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Maceo Parker, Snarky Puppy, Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Roots, Andra Day, and Rhiannon Giddens.
Newport Jazz Festival Tickets
Adult 3-day pass – $170
Adult 2-day pass – $145
Adult individual day passes range from $65-89 depending on the day
Children 3-15 – $15 all days
The Jazz Club
$375 for reserved parking, reserved seating and access to a tented lounge area with a bar.
$125 additional cost to reserve your seat just 100 feet from the main stage.
Getting to and from the Newport Jazz Festival
Air – The closest airport is T.F. Green in Providence (45 minutes by car from Newport). Non-regional flights will more likely land in Boston (2 hours).
Car – Newport is roughly 2 hours’ drive from Boston and 3.5 from New York City. Prepare for traffic if arriving on Friday.
Bike – Getting around Newport by bike is surprisingly easy. Newport Bicycle offers hybrid bikes for $50 for two days ($10 for each additional day). If the standard hybrid bike isn’t enough they offer road bikes for $75 for two days. And if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, Mansion Rentals offers mopeds.
Where to Stay for Newport Jazz Festival
Gurney’s Newport is the only resort-style hotel in Newport and it’s the best option if you don’t mind paying the top rate ($489 per night). It’s a 15-minute car ride to the event.
If a resort isn’t in your budget, this local Airbnb option offers a king bed and a private bath for $196 per night.
There are plenty of options in the bed and breakfast category as well. For example, rooms at the Admiral Farragut Inn start at $209 per night.
For inside advice on how to maximize your festival experience, check out our Newport Jazz Festival Pro Tips page.