Thursday July 14th 2016
Gekkeikan Sake Tasting
5:00pm-7:00pm • Bellevue Wine & Spirits, 181 Bellevue Ave
Taste a wide selection of Sake from Gekkeikan. Learn about them and how they vary in taste.
Friday July 15th 2016
Festival Opening Ceremonies
10:30 AM • TOURO PARK, BELLEVUE AVENUE
Colorful ceremonies to commemorate Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened trade between Japan and the United States. Wreath-laying at Commodore Perry’s statue and speeches by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy Color Guard. Channing Memorial Church will play their Bells in honor of the Opening Ceremonies.
Sushi Sake Sail I
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA
Sail aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships, the 101′ Schooner Aurora. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample some great sushi. Space is limited to 68 people. A sellout every year! Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of the event (if available). For tickets call 401-846-2720, or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.
Newport Community Band (Not Yet Confirmed)
6:30 PM • LONG WHARF/BRICK MARKET AREA
The band will provide exuberant entertainment as they play a wide variety of music (weather permitting).
Saturday July 16th 2016
Arts & Crafts Fair Touro Park
10:00AM – 4:00PM • Touro Park
Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts and Martial Arts Demonstrations.
Taiko Drum Prelude • Presented by Bailey T’s Resortwear & Long Wharf Mall
****LONG WHARF MALL****
12:00 PM, 1:30 PM & 3 PM
Watch an exciting preview of what’s to come on Sunday at the Taiko Drum Performance. Join in watching a few of the Taiko drummers as they mesmerize you with their speed, power, and sound. Make sure not to miss this prelude. To view the full performance, join us Sunday at 12pm at Cardine’s Field.
Black Ships Festival Gala
6:30 PM • MARBLE HOUSE, BELLEVUE AVE, NEWPORT, RI
Celebrate the 33rd Annual Black Ships Festival and the Sister City relationship between Newport and Shimoda, Japan. Step onto the elegant grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Ave., an exquisite & historic location, over looking the Atlantic Ocean for a formal gala honoring the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa and the accomplishments of the United States Navy. Join us as we welcome the Japanese guests and dignitaries. Enjoy a unique evening that fuses both Japanese and American culture. The Gala includes a fabulous band with dancing, an Open Bar, wines by Oyster Bay Wines, Martini Bar and an outstanding sit down dinner by Russell Morin Catering with Sushi by Haruki. Begin the evening with the breaking of the Ceremonial Sake Drum filled with Gekkeikan Sake. Presented by Toray Plastics (America), Inc. $175 per person, Black Tie suggested /Kimonos welcomed. For tickets, call (401) 846-2720 or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.
Sunday July 17th 2016
9:30 AM • ISLAND CEMETERY, FAREWELL STREET
Wreath ceremony at Perry’s tomb by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy color guard, North East Band Bugler and Navy Chaplain. The public is invited to experience this commemorative service.
Taiko Drum Concert
12:00 PM • CARDINE’S FIELD
Taiko Drum Festival, Odaiko New England, one of the premier taiko groups, will dazzle you with their electrifying drums. The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw that summons people to seek out its source! They’ll mesmerize listeners with their speed, power, dramatic choreography and sound. Then Shin Daiko will perform, during their debut in Newport. The conclusion will be an exciting performance as the two groups join forces for an amazing ending! Tickets $8 Adult/$4 Child or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.
Sushi Sake Sail II
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA
Enjoy the experience of the magnificent Tall Ship, the 101′ schooner Aurora, in Newport Harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan and sample sushi from Haruki of Cranston and Providence. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of the event if available. For tickets, call (401) 846-2720. or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.