10 Ways to Go Green at This Year’s Newport Folk Festival

Back by popular demand, Newport Folk Festival has teamed up with their friends at Skedaddle to offer the most fun and affordable way to skip the traffic and save the planet. All Skedaddle routes drop off and pick up directly from the festival, saving time and making your trip easier.


Last year they averaged over 1,200 riders each day. That’s 12% of festival goers each day taking a bike instead of a car! REI has teamed up with Bike Newport again to provide “Park & Bike” lots: park for free and skip the traffic! More information here.

Newport Harbor Shuttle runs continuous service starting at 9 AM between Perotti Park and Fort Adams. It’s a 15 minute trip and reservations are not required.: one way is $5 for adults / $3 for kids (12 and under); round trip is $10 for adults / $6 for kids. More information here.

The Jamestown Newport Ferry runs continuous service to Fort Adams with departures from One East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown and Perotti Park in Newport. Service starts at8:30 AM and departs every half-hour. One round trip ticket between Jamestown and Fort Adams is $24. More information and tickets can be found here.

SeaStreak is expected to debut a ferry service between Providence and Newport starting July 1. The service will run from India Point in Providence to Perotti Park in Newport, with three departure times on weekdays (Providence: 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 6 PM; Newport: 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM, 7:15 PM) and 4 on weekends (Providence: 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 5 PM, 9:45 PM; Newport: 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM, 6:15 PM, 11 PM). One-way tickets will be $10. More information is expected in the next few weeks.

Stop by the Toyota Prius Prime Tent to be among the first people ever to experience Toyota’s best hybrid yet, the all-new Prius Prime. While you’re there, play Prius Prime-themed games, where you can compete to win cool prizes. Also, grab some friends to hop in a Prius Prime for a city-inspired animated photo experience. Receive an animated GIF to share, and a picture to keep. And, while supplies last, get a commemorative Newport Folk and Prius Prime-inspired tote bag, printed on site. It’s time to imagine the new possible with the Prius Prime!

Save some trees and choose the eTickets delivery option. Get in with the free Ticketmaster app: download the app on your smartphone and go to My Tickets to view your tickets. Or get in without the app: Sign in to Ticketmaster on your smartphone, select your order and bookmark your ticket. Important: you can view/bookmark your ticket before the event to save it on your phone so you’re good to go at the venue, even without a signal! For mobile web, if you can’t see your bookmarked tickets on your phone, it could be that you deleted the bookmark when you cleared your browser history. Just go online, open the bookmark, and hit refresh. Important: ensure your ticket is on your phone at the event – wait until after the event to clear your browser history.

Stay cool and stay hydrated by frequenting the water stations provided by Klean Kanteen. And when you do, be sure to use a reusable water bottle to cut down on unnecessary waste. You can bring your own, or you can stop by our Merch tent to pick up an official Newport Folk Klean Kanteen.

New this year they’ll will be offering one free drink token with the purchase of a Newport Folk branded reusable Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint. Purchase your pint at the first token booth while supplies last. Please help reduce waste.

Newport Folk takes reducing their footprint seriously. That’s why they require all vendors to use compostable cups and plates. Make sure you dispose of them properly, and enjoy the great food options the festival has to offer.

Make sure your waste ends up the right bin. Brown bins are for compost, blue is for recycling and black goes to the landfill. Certain cups are compostable, not recyclable. Please read all signs carefully and check before you toss! If you have any questions, ask one of our Greener Folk volunteers on-site.

Reduce litter at the source. The less you pack to bring in, the less trash you have to pick up. Be respectful to one another and remember to leave your area clean.