Fort Adams, Newport, RI

  • Posted on: 12 January 2014
  • By: Brian and Mick

Have you considered holding a wedding or other event in an 18th-century fort?  

fort adams weddingsee more Fort Adams wedding photos on Rebecca Arthurs' wedding photography blog. 


At Fort Adams in Newport, RI, the architecture, which started in the 1700’s and continues on through the centuries, comprises most of the state park. Surrounding the park is Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, creating a striking coastline as a backdrop for wedding or family photos.

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You can choose from a variety of locations to host your event. The impressive architecture and sprawling lawns provide a number of options to complement your event plans.

The Barracks Dining Room: Located inside the fort and overlooking the Parade Filed, this brick adorned room accommodates up to 40 guests.  It has been newly restored and offers a furnished hardwood banquet-style dining room. 

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The Parade Field: This exclusive opportunity puts you and your guests inside the walls of the fortress. The field stretches for nearly seven acres and can accommodate more than 500 guests! The fort’s architecture and revolutionary ambiance will completely surround you and your guests. Tented events work best and are required to host an event here.

The North Casemates: An interesting space locating within the fortress! View the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay from the formerly used gun ports that held large cannons. The gun ports or “embrasures” previously provided protection from naval enemies throughout the centuries. The hall contains three arched chambers with granite walls and brick ceilings! This option can hold up to 200 guests.

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The Harbor Lights Lawn: Set up a tent and enjoy the view from the lawn! You and up to 125 guests can gaze upon the harbor, enjoy the nautical landscape, all while eyeing the city of Newport, Brenton Cove and Newport Harbor.

The North Lawn: Your event can be hosted in the same location as the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals! No need to cut your guest list down as the lawn can accommodate more than 600 people! One of the unique features is the illuminated North Wall which lights up at night for your viewing and photo-taking pleasure. Enjoy the water views from any angle!

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Any of these locations would be perfect to help make any day more extraordinary!

Fort Adams is a fascinating option for weddings, private events, and corporate events. It is just a short ride from downtown Newport.  It has a variety of unique waterfront and water view event spaces.  It offers lots of free parking.  Fort Adams is accessible to downtown Newport via water shuttle.

Wedding photographer, Rebecca Arthurs writes about a recent wedding, "The evening ended with family and friends dining by candle light inside the Fort Casemates with arched, brick ceilings and granite walls, and eating slices of lemon bars, cookies and cake!"

B&M Catering is listed on the Fort Adams website as a Catering Choice Partner. We are pleased and honored to have the opportunity to bring our varied menus and dedicated servers to this remarkable event venue. Contact Mick or Tim at our office to discuss full-service catering options at the Fort Adams Trust in Newport, RI.