The Bristol Harbor Festival

Come Enjoy The Best Kept Secret In The East Bay

Bristol Harbor isn’t just a jewel amongst the town’s residents.

DSCF0158Thousands of visiting boaters and travelers from around the East Coast delight in the harbor’s picturesque waterfronts while sampling the freshest seafood you can get at local restaurants a stone’s throw away from the docks and moorings.

The harbor is a gateway to exploring the port town of Bristol, RI that so many consider destination traveling for its vast history, bountiful boutique shops, and fine dining all with the churning waters of the harbor in sight.



The Harbor Festival started 6 years ago as a means for raising funds to continue a tradition of proud Southern New Englanders giving back to the very waters that give so much to them.

Our biggest fundraiser and crowd favorite is our Little Neck Boil. You can go to the maritime center located on Church St. to physically purchase tickets or purchase tickets online by CLICKING HERE.

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

If you simply want to make a donation you can contact the Harbormaster’s office HERE or see one of our friendly volunteers on the day!

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.

We hope you’ll come down to Rockwell Park this August 10th for our 6th Annual Festival and celebrate the best that Bristol, RI and its’ harbor has to offer.

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