Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals

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Widely considered two of the most treasured cultural institutions in American history, for over 60 years, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have shown that music can positively impact the communities and lives it touches.


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Festival goers attend Newport Folk and Jazz festivals by boat at the oceanfront venue at Fort Adams. Photo credit: Courtesy of Newport Festivals Foundation

Initiatives Supported by 11th Hour Racing

As the Environmental Awareness Sponsor, 11th Hour Racing supports ongoing sustainability initiatives, including:

  • Composting with a dedicated Green Team to enhance waste management practices.
  • Offering water refilling stations to minimize single-use plastic consumption among festival-goers.
  • Providing bike valet to encourage festival attendees to choose fossil-fuel-free transportation.
  • Supporting the Bike Stage, powered by bicycles and solar energy.
  • Measuring and offsetting emissions through a regenerative kelp program in collaboration with Sound Future. The support from the Kelp Program will aid kelp farms in Rhode Island through GreenWave.

Additionally, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals will work with a sustainability consultant to audit the events and analyze opportunities for further green initiatives in future years.

Located at historic Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., with Narragansett Bay as the backdrop, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have a strong connection to the ocean and attract up to 10,000 people each day on land along with a large, informal gathering of boats on the water.

11th Hour Racing to Amplify Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals Ocean Friendly Initiatives. Photo credit: Brian Lima


Newport Festivals Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its mission is to foster the legacy and expand the impact of its Folk and Jazz Festivals through educational initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in Jazz and Folk music. The Foundation’s goal is to offer opportunity, inspire through exposure and facilitate the collection of resources needed for musicians to celebrate and innovate. The focus on creating unique experiences to spark engagement is accomplished through a variety of initiatives taking place all over America, including instrument donations, performances at schools and support for music education programs with partnering organizations.