Newport Folk Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

Jul 27, 2017

The annual event begins Friday in the City by the Sea. The three-day festival is one of the marquee events of Newport’s lucrative tourist season.

Some 10,000 people per day will pour into Newport’s historic Fort Adams State park over the weekend. More will descend on the city’s colonial streets for the myriad concerts and happenings that have sprung up around the festival.

Founded in 1959, the concert has been the scene of storied musical events, notably the time Bob Dylan “went electric” to the disdain of acoustic folk-music purists in 1965. These days the festival has expanded the definition of folk music, drawing a variety of artists from a number of genres. And to great success; the festival has sold out for the last several years, well before artists were announced.

This year’s lineup includes indie darlings Fleet Foxes, and country folk legend John Prine.