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10th Annual Bristol Harbor Festival – Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023

The Bristol Harbormaster’s Office and the local fishing community will host the 10th Annual Bristol Harbor Festival & Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, August 12, 2023. The event will be held at Rockwell Park on Thames Street in historic Bristol, RI and features a full day of activities for the entire family.

Calendar of Events:

1 pm – Blessing of the Fleet

2:30 pm – “Stuffie” competition

5 – 7 pm – a traditional Littleneck Boil or optional Steak Dinner
Tickets for the Littleneck Boil are $30 per person. They can be purchased online by clicking here or at the Bristol Maritime Center.

Children receive a free hot dog with purchase of a ticket.
Please bring your ticket or receipt to the festival’s check-in table.

Live music will be performed throughout the day and a dunk tank will be available where you will have an opportunity to ‘make a splash’ with some local, familiar faces.

Cash beer, wine, raw bar, as well as chowder and stuffies.

Tour the Tall Ship “Nao Trinidad”

From August 3 – August 13, the Tall Ship “Nao Trinidad” will be docked in Bristol, offering tours to the public from 10 am – 8 pm daily.

Tickets to tour the ship are:
Adults – $15
Children – $5
Family – $35
Learn more about the ship by clicking here.

The Bristol Harbor Festival is a fun, family event that promotes use of the waterfront and strengthens ties between the Bristol Harbormaster’s Office, the local fishing community and those who choose to explore Bristol by land or by sea.

Funds raised from the Bristol Harbor Festival & Blessing of the Fleet will be used for marine-related children’s activities.

For more information visit the event website or contact Bristol Harbormaster Gregg Marsili at 401-253-1700; [email protected].