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Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI)

Newport, RI
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(July 13-29, 2012) The Newport Music Festival turns the idea of the summer festival on its head by moving it from the sunny lawn to the great indoors. The massive 19th century mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built as summer “cottages” for the rich and famous of the Gilded Age, serve as venues for the festival’s 60-odd concerts, held morning, noon, and night(and occasionally midnight) for a few weeks each July. Watching the festival’s many guest artists and international acts perform in the beautiful sprawling rooms of mansions like the Breakers (once owned by the Vanderbilt family), festival attendees experience chamber music in the same intimate and luxurious fashion as the kings and aristocrats for whom it was originally performed.

Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI) Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (most venues accessible via RIPTA trolley service)
  • Handicapped Access: Good
  • Performances/Programs: A 17-day music festival held in July, featuring approximately 60 concerts. Performances are held in several different venues, with most concerts taking place in the Newport Mansions. Several performances are given every day of the festival
  • Admission: $25–$45. $10 student Rush tickets available on day of concert
  • Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.