Newport International Boat Show
The 41st Annual Newport International Boat Show: September 15-18
We are expecting 750 exhibitors with over 600 boats ranging in size from 16 to 85 feet, plus kayaks, inflatables, services, equipment and accessories of all types.
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The 41st Annual Newport International Boat Show: September 15 – 18, 2011
It’s a year in the making and the extended forecast looks promising for the 41st Annual Newport International Boat Show, the largest boat show in the northeast. Don’t miss the impressive 13 acres of in-water sail and power boat displays, over 750 exhibitors, Newport for New Products debuts, seminars hosted by the industry’s best, family entertainment and more all located in historic downtown Newport. For pleasure or profession, if you harbor a passion for boating, there’s ONLY one place to be. See you there!


Parking Made Easy

Parking in Newport can be a breeze! Purchase your show ticket and an Easton’s Beach Parking Pass in advance online by clicking HERE.  Park in the large lot at Easton’s Beach and take the shuttle bus into downtown Newport, just a few steps from the show’s main gate. This shuttle service is free and runs continuously from 8 AM to 8 PM all four days. Handicapped accessible shuttles are available. Please remember that for safety, baby strollers are prohibited on the docks.


We Love Our Pets, BUT...

...due to health and safety regulations pets (including those adorable tiny pets that fit in a carry bag) are not permitted in the show, with the exception of service dogs. Private kennels are available within a 15-minute drive from downtown Newport.


NIBS To Host America's Cup News Conference

The final and deciding race in the America’s Cup World Series, the qualifying races for the America’s Cup 2013, will be held in Newport in June of 2012. Details of the June event will be revealed on opening day of the Newport International Boat Show in a news conference featuring Tom Huston, COO of the America’s Cup Event Authority, RI Governor Lincoln Chafee, Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the RI Economic Development Corporation, Jerry Kirby, international racing sailor, and Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. Watch a video of the new racing format featuring the new class, AC 45 wing-sailed catamarans or join the question-and-answer session to be held after the conference. The news conference will be held Thursday, September 15th at 1:00pm on North Commercial Wharf. Be the first to get the inside information on this prestigious international event happening next summer right here in Newport - the “Sailing Capital of the World.”

Special Two-Day Marine Weather Course Offered at NIBS

No pre-requisite is required for this Level 1 course, taught by recently retired NOAA/NWS Ocean Prediction Center meteorologist, Lee S. Chesneau. The objective of the two-day class is an understanding of how weather works and proper interpretation of marine surface weather charts. Register online in advance or at the show office on site. The class is located at 250 Thames Street, 3rd Floor, across from the Bowen’s Wharf show site. For more details and to register in advance, please click here.


For Your Added Convenience

In an effort to make your visit to the show as seamless as possible, we added a few new features for attendees to enjoy. Credit cards are now accepted at all ticket booths, so use whichever one is most convenient for you. Also, keep your eye out for the large format “You Are Here” site maps. These signs are placed around the show to help attendees navigate the sprawling 13 acres of the show. When hunger strikes, find delicious grilled lunches, a raw bar as well as casual eats and light fare at our three different concession areas throughout the site. Don’t forget Newport County Resident's and Military Day, Friday, September 16th. Admission is half price with proof of Newport residency with driver's license or other picture ID, and/or military ID. Finally, when it's time to relax after the show, enjoy the plethora of unique restaurants, boutique shopping and nighttime entertainment right outside the show gates.


Fun Times For Families!

To help the young ones enjoy the day, keep a look out for “Mister Twister” on North Commercial Wharf, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Not your average “balloon guy,” Mister Twister is fun entertainment for the whole family with music, balloons, singing, and a few good magic tricks up his sleeve. Families can also visit the Discover Sailing Program – located on the Bannister’s Wharf Fuel Dock – which introduces families and individuals to the sport with free sails on beautiful Narragansett Bay all four days of the show. To register for a free sail, sign up at the Discover Sailing booth on Dock N – 4.


"Add Some Music To Your Day" with Al Jardine

Following the close of the Boat Show on Sunday, September 18th, spend the evening at a concert with Al Jardine, founding member of the Beach Boys, and his Endless Summer Band. Boat show exhibitors and attendees receive a boat show special offer of 10% off regular ticket prices. The concert takes place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame front lawn courts.  For more information click here.


You Could Be A Star!

Got talent? The Newport International Boat Show will be one of the stops on a nationwide casting call for an upcoming motion picture written by former Rhode Islander, Steven Cross. Join this unique Yacht Club to help create the “World’s Largest Virtual Yacht Club” and you not only will make history, but you could be chosen to be in the feature comedy motion picture, Yacht Club. Everyone can participate and no current boat ownership is required, no acting experience is necessary, there are no age restrictions, no size, shape or background restrictions. So, if you want to participate, join the club and have the opportunity to chase a dream. For more information click here or visit


A Sincere Thank You To Our Partners and Sponsors

We couldn’t be everything we are without the gracious support of our partners and sponsors. Thank you, all of you, for your generosity; BMW, Sailing World, Boating, Cruising World, Yachting, Brooks Marine Group, Soundings, Absolut Vodka, Yachting Magazine, Helly Hansen, Life is good., NBC-10, Harbor Town Wine, Gaastra International Sportswear, Pepsi, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Discover Sailing, 


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