Newport first became a resort town long ago in the late1800s. The entire area has a great deal of natural beauty and was an excellent place to obtain fresh seafood and Yaquina Bay oysters, so it didn't take long for people to start coming to the area in numbers making it a popular tourist and beachtown getaway. Events and festivals have been a part of life in Newport for many years.

This is only a sampling of all the great events and festivals held throughout the year in Newport.

The largest festival of all is the Seafood & Wine Festival , held on the last weekend in February. This event was started in 1978 to encourage more people to visit Newport in the winter, and over the years has grown to be one of the biggest events on the entire coast. This is truly your chance to taste succulent seafood cuisine paired with Oregon's great wines while enjoying music and festivities.

A celebration unique to the coast is the Blessing of the Fleet in March. Begun in the 1950's, it follows the old Sicilian custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.  The blessings are performed by local ministers, and all are welcome. Added events include survival suit races, and local competition is fierce!  

The first weekend in May brings the annual Loyalty Days Parade and Seafair Festival . This event was first held in 1956 to honor WWII veterans, and has grown into a community wide weekend celebration which includes the big parade, carnival, car shows, the 1,000 Field of Flags, and Veteran's Rememberances.

The Newport Farmer's Market runs from early May through the end of October, and is located next to City Hall on Hwy 101. This is a popular event each weekend and a great place to find fresh farm produce and craft items.

If the combination of dogs, microbrews and music sounds appealing to you, don't miss the Brewer's Memorial Fest held in mid May at the Rogue Ales Brewery.  The festival was created in memory of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier's faithful companion Brewer, who passed away on May 20, 2006, and it benefits both the Central Coast Humane Society and Oregon Coast Therapy Animals.

Early June brings the excitement of the annual Newport Marathon to town. Limited to 900 participants, locals and visitors alike line the streets to encourage the runners along the scenic bay road.

4th of July is always a big celebration in town, with outstanding fireworks over beautiful Yaquina bay. On July 2nd, there is the Nye Beach Clambake and Seafood Barbeque, an old fashioned family event held at the Nye Beach Turnaround.

September is the time for the Wild Seafood Weekend , presented by Newport Fisherman's Wives. Events include a seafood cook-off, special bay tours, cooking school and more, plus vendors selling crafts and of course, seafood. 

Newport Performing Arts Center hosts the Newport Jazz Festival which takes place in late September or early October. Live jazz performances by nearly 20 artists and delicious food are all a part of the event.

The Nye Beach Writers' Series is held every month except December. Most events take place in the Newport Visual Arts Center  in Nye Beach. Featured authors are fiction writers, poets, singer/songwriters, playwrights, journalists, nonfiction authors, historians. The Visual Arts Center also features art and photography exhibits, classes and workshops.

A great community service event is the SOLV Beach Clean-Up , held twice a year in March and September. Hundreds of volunteers walk the beach and other riverside areas gathering trash.

The Christmas Holiday season is the time for many events such as the Festival of Trees, the Lighted Boat Parade, the Nutcracker, the aquarium's Festival of Lights and many other festive holiday events. 

Other events held throughout the year include the Lincoln County Fair in July,  Quilt Show , Gem and Mineral Show , Longboard Gathering ,  the Senior Games ... and many others!