Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

Q: What is the parking like?

A: There is parking near the festival grounds, however it is limited. There will be two lots, one at the Rogue Brewery and one at the Aquarium. Parking at these lots are $5 per day.

Q: Is there a Shuttle Bus?

A: The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival provides a FREE bus shuttle to all patrons of the festival. The shuttle stops at many of the local hotels, motels and popular Newport neighborhoods. Patrons may experience a wait, particularly during peak festival hours. Shuttles stop running 1 hour after the closing of the festival. On Saturday the hours are extended for service to area restaurants.

Q: Are there Taxi cabs available?

A: There are many private groups that obtain a license to operate as a temporary cab service through the City of Newport. These cab services are available throughout the festival weekend in addition to the regular cab companies in Newport.

Q: Are group tickets available?

A: Yes, group rates are available. You must have 15 or more in your party and all arrive at the same time. Please call 541.265.8801 to arrange your tickets.

Q: Is there a Festival guide book available?

A: We will provide a printed guide book available for this year's festival. Be on the lookout for it!

Q: Is this an indoor event?

A: The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is located inside a fully heated tented venue.

Q: Will there be heat inside the tents?

A: The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is happy to announce that we will be heating the tents this year. 

Q: Coat Check/ Wine Check

A: There is a coat check near the main entrance of the festival. You can check your coat for $3 and wine for $1 per bottle or $5 per case. We do not check purses or wallets. Purchasing cases of wine: if you decide to purchase cases of wine, you can check them at the Coat/Wine Check while you continue to enjoy the festival.

Q: Can I bring my own wine glass?

A: You will receive a free commemorative Seafood & Wine Festival glass with your ticket at the door, and additional glasses may be purchased for $5. If you prefer, you may bring your own wine glass, but it must be clear in color.

Q: Are children allowed?

A: No children are allowed during festival hours. This is a 21 and over event only.

Q: Are pets allowed?

A: No pets are allowed, although service animals are permitted.

Q: Is there a bag check?

A: Yes, upon entrance to the festival there is a bag check. Prohibited items are: guns, knives, wine bottle openers, pepper spray, alcohol, open bottles or other items as deemed prohibited by security. Any items that have been confiscated can be picked up at the festival entrance upon your exit.

Q: What are the festival hours?

A: Thursday- 5pm – 9pm (Limited tickets available, online purchase only), Friday 12pm- 9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm (Online ticket sales ONLY), Sunday 10am-4pm.

Q: Are there any live music or scheduled events throughout the festival?

A: We have a DJ that will be playing music throughout the festival. There are no scheduled events.

Q: How long should I plan to be at the festival?

A: You may spend as much time as it takes you to go through the festival. On average, it can take two to three hours to fully experience the vendors and booths.

Q: Will there be a line?

A: This year we have two E-Ticket entrances for E-ticket holders on Saturday during peak hours (11am-3pm). Ticket holders may still experience a delay in entry during Saturday’s peak hours.

Q: If I encounter a line and choose not to wait, will I be entitled to a refund?

A: No. During peak hours you may experience a delay in entrance. All E-ticket holders will be able to enter the Festival.

Q: Can unused Beer Tickets be redeemed?

A: No, unused beer tickets cannot be redeemed for cash or used outside of the festival.

Q: Are there ATMs?

A: There are two ATMs available, one at the far northwest corner of the tent and the other is at the far southeast corner of the tent. There are visible signs above them to point them out.

Q: Are debit cards accepted?

A: Yes, most vendors accept debit cards, however during peak hours the WiFi can become slow or delayed. We recommend having cash on hand.

Q: Are food and wine free once you’ve entered the Festival?

A: Food and wine vendors charge a small tasting price, starting at $1, and full meals and glasses of wine are offered at menu price.

Q: Is there WiFi?

A: There is complimentary WiFi at the festival. No password is required.

Q: Are there restrooms?

A: There are several port-a-potties that are serviced each morning of the festival, located at the west end of the tent.

Q: Is there smoking inside the festival?

A: You can smoke outside the festival tent near the restrooms. Please stay 10 feet away from the entrances to the festival tent.

Q: What is the weather like?

A: It is difficult to predict the weather on the Oregon Coast. Some festival years, we have warm sunny days, and others we have stormy rains, winds or snow. We will hold the festival in a heated, tented venue to help block you from the elements the best we can. 

Q: What do most people wear?

A: It is always smart to layer up on the Oregon Coast. The tents will be heated, and if you get too warm inside the festival, there is a coat check available near the main entrance, at the east end of the tent.

Q: What vendors will be at the Festival?

A: Visit our full vendor list on our website.

Q: Which wineries have won medals?

We hold our annual Commercial Wine Competition the second weekend of February. Click here to view a list of our last year's medal winners.

Q: Where do vendors check in?

A: Vendors can start checking in at Door #6 on Wednesday, February 20th at 12:00 pm. We request all vendors to be checked in and set up no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 21st.

Q: Where is vendor parking?

A: The vendor parking lot is the Aquarium “Overflow/RV” parking lot located on Ferry Slip Road, south of the festival grounds.

Q: Where do volunteers check in?

A: Volunteers check in at Door #6.

Q: If I am volunteering on Sunday, can I come to the festival on Friday or Saturday?

A: Yes, please bring your ID and email confirmation with you. You will be given your three day pass when you check in. Please keep your wristband on throughout the whole weekend.

Q: Where should we plan to stay?

A: There are many wonderful accommodations for all budgets and sizes of your group. Please click here for more information.

Q: What hotels are within walking distance to the Festival?

A: La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express and Motel 6. Camping at the Port of Newport is also within walking distance. We recommend making reservations several months in advance, because they fill quickly.

Q: What else can we do in Newport?

A: There are many wonderful things to do in Newport. Visit Discover Newport and Newport Chamber to plan your trip.