The Bristol Harbor Festival

Come Enjoy The Best Kept Secret In The East Bay

We’re back! Join The Bristol Harbormaster’s Office and local fishing community Saturday August 10th, 2019 for our 6th Annual Bristol Harbor Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.  The event will kick off at Rockwell Park on Thames Street at 1:30pm.

Explore a full day of festivities in our featured events section for information on live music, local food competitions plus much more!

To participate in our Home Stuffie Competition CLICK HERE to download the application.

The day culminates with our primary fundraiser…


…the best tasting Littleneck Boil you’ll get your hands on plucked from the very waters we’re celebrating!

Purchase tickets online by CLICKING HERE or purchase tickets in person at the Harbormaster’s office.

This year funds raised from the festival will be used to partner with Clean Ocean Access (COA) to launch a Marina Trash Skimmer (MTS) program in Bristol Harbor. In 2018 according to COA, four MTS units on Aquidneck Island successfully removed 5,885 pounds of trash and debris from coastal waters.

The Bristol Harbor Festival Committee is working with other local organizations, including Roger Williams University, to secure additional funding.

“Creating a cleaner and healthier Bristol Harbor is a top priority,” said Bristol’s Harbormaster Gregg Marsilli. “The Bristol Harbor Festival is not only 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. The Festival is also an important means to raise funds for the installation of a new MTS unit, which has proven effective at removing trash and debris in many other coastal communities.”

Learn more about Clean Ocean Access and their MTS program here.

For over 300 hundred years the shores of Bristol, RI  have provided a way of life for those who love to travel, fish, and explore.

Together we can support and strengthen the ties between the local fishing community, the harbor itself and those who choose to explore Bristol by land or sea. We hope you’ll come join us to help maintain our historic harbor for generations to come.


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