2022 Newport International Boat Show
Come to the famed waterfront September 15–18 to see what’s new in boating.
Fall in New England, with mild weather and changing leaves, draws international tourists to historic downtown Newport for the Newport International Boat Show. As the kickoff to boat show season, the event hosts hundreds of exhibitors, dealers, and manufacturers, showing new powerboats and sailboats, plus marine equipment, services, and accessories. This year’s Charitable Partner is Better Bay Alliance whose mission is to enhance the boating experience by identifying, communicating, and promoting safety, accessibility, and cooperation while sharing the wonderful natural resource of Narragansett Bay. Presenting sponsors for this year’s show are BankNewport and its marine division, OceanPoint Marine Lending.
One of the show’s popular aspects is the Newport for New Products (NFNP) Awards Program, which has several categories, including a “Green” category that highlights environmental features and benefits. Through this program, the Newport International Boat Show promotes the importance of green innovation and sets the stage for future shows to follow suit.
The NFNP Awards also highlights making boating accessible to people of all ages and abilities with its Accessibility Award. This year’s entries include two boats from SŌLACE and MJM designed to eliminate trip hazards and make boarding easier with flush-deck designs and oversized easy-access boarding doors.
Also, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), a show partner since 2017, recognizes exceptional marinas that join the state’s voluntary Clean Marina Program at its annual awards breakfast during the show. This year, five marinas are slated to join the growing list of responsible marinas throughout the state that are dedicated to protecting the environment.
Recently, boating has exploded in popularity, with more new boaters and boat owners than ever. While the Newport International Boat Show is the perfect place for those passionate about boating to discover new vessels and products, it is also a great place for those new to the sport to get training to help them be comfortable and confident boaters. In partnership with the Freedom Boat Club and the Narragansett Sailing School, in-water training sessions for powerboaters and sailors cover everything from the basics to docking and intermediate skill builders, and even courses offered in a women-only format.
There is plenty to see and do in Newport this fall. If you are in the area, the Newport International Boat Show is not an event to miss. For more information, visit newportboatshow.com.
Dates & Hours
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday,
10am to 6pm
Sunday, September 18th
10am to 5pm
General admission: $40 Preview Day (Thurs); $28 Friday-Sunday; $18 Newport County Resident & Military Personnel Day (with valid ID) (Friday); children ages 12 and younger (daily) free
Parking: Easton’s Beach $40 per vehicle daily (must be purchased online prior to attendance); continuous shuttle 8am to 8pm
Ferry: Providence or Jamestown ferry to Newport