Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Since the 1950s Newports Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.

The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.

The challenging Survival Suit Races at the Newport Tradewinds dock below Mo’s Annex. The actual blessing takes place at 1:00 PM on Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. 

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Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge

Start off your New Year and welcome 2016 with our Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge. You have 3 races to choose from: Half-Marathon, 10k, 5k & Kids Run. All races start and finish at Rogue Brewery in Beautiful Newport, Oregon.

For the thrill seekers, after you cross the finish line, there’s an optional plunge. This is not for the faint-hearted! In 2015, about 85% of the participants took the plunge!

Post-event celebration to follow at Rogue Brewery. Rogue will have warm clam chowder waiting for us and a cold brew for those 21 and over. For our under 21 friends, there’ll be warm apple cider.

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Newport Symphony’s 2015-2016 Season Opener

From Discover Newport:

CA Flatt NewportSymphony 300x221 Newport Symphonys 2015 2016 Season Opener“The season’s opener features the full symphony on stage at the Performing Arts Center under the baton of music director, Adam Flatt. It offers three distinct treats. The popular and lively Courtly Dances from Gloriana by Benjamin Britten commissioned for Queen Elizabeth II s coronation in 1953 hearken to the days of the earlier Queen Elizabeth.

Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 87 in A Major was first popular in the 1780s and continues with praise today. Look for lively and zesty portion mixed with a beautiful adagio.

The third program offering is the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Elgar sets forth musical portraits of some persons in his life, including his wife, an amateur viola player, an organist, and himself. Perhaps the enigma is a hidden melody that awaits your discovery during the performance.

Enjoy this performance with the amazing concert hall sound of the Performing Arts Center in Newport. Reserve your seat now for best selection. Some seating is available at the door, too.”

An Evening With World-Renowned Pianist George Winston

From Discover Newport:

george winston 300x243 An Evening With World Renowned Pianist George WinstonEvent Description: The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Capital Campaign is partnering with coastal event company Show Sherpas to present world renowned pianist George Winston at Newport’s Performing Arts Center Saturday September 12th at 7:30pm. Premium Seating is $45.00 and General Seating is $35.00, not including fees.

As a special thank you to OCCA Members, an exclusive opportunity to buy George Winston tickets July 6th through July 20th. OCCA Members need to go directly through the Box Office to take advantage of this incentive. General public ticket sales begin July 20th. Tickets can be purchased at or the Newport Performing arts Center Box Office located at 777 W Olive St in Newport, or via phone at (541) 265-2787.

This intimate evening is a fund raising event for the Capital Campaign “Entertain the Future!” with proceeds to be used for the Restroom and Lobby Expansion Initiative. Entertain the Future! is a $4.3 million Capital Campaign project which includes a series of initiatives to enhance and expand the Newport Performing Arts Center. The goal is to increase the capacity and performance quality at the Performing Arts Center in order to serve more individuals and performers. For more information on Entertain the Future! Email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone at crickbone(at)

Newport Oregon Superhero Run

newport superhero run  Newport Oregon Superhero RunFrom the event’s website:

“Calling all superheros for this super fun family event. Run, walk or fly and don’t forget your sidekick dog or super-baby! The Superhero Run includes a 5k and a Kids Fun Run. The Kids Run is about 1/2 mile long. Costumes are highly encouraged!!!

The course is very scenic. Starting a Newport Performing Arts Center, it runs into historic Nye Beach then along the ocean past the Old Lighthouse by Yaquina Bay Bridge and back along the ocean to finish at Newport Performing Arts Center . The surface is all asphalt. It’s a loop course, but there are a couple small hills, about one block long.”

Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge

GreatTunaBBQ Newport 300x196 Great Albacore Tuna BBQ ChallengeFrom Discover Newport:

Event Description: It’s back for the 4th great year, the amazing Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge presented by the Oregon Albacore Commission and the Port of Newport! Over 30 teams will be competing for $3,700 in prize money and your admission allows you to sample all of their incredible tuna culinary creations. Plus sample delicious ales from the Pelican Brewery and enjoy a major classic car show featuring classics from the collection of the Bay City Cruisers and Rollin’ Oldies.

Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student & $5 youth for Saturday’s competition and are available online or at the door (if any remain). Tickets for Sunday’s culinary student competition are $10 and available at the door only. Only 500 tickets will be available for each day. For information and Saturday advance tickets go to:

Newport Chamber Yo-Pro’s: 5th Annual “Amazing Race”

2015 Amazing Race Ad Newport Chamber Yo Pros: 5th Annual Amazing RaceFrom Discover Newport:

Event Description: The Young Professionals AMAZING RACE is coming to Newport on Saturday, July 25. Starting and ending at the Newport Performing Arts Center, the Amazing Race will have two person teams solving clues, finding locations, completing challenges and racing through Newport in order to cross the finish line. Teams can be made of 2 women, 2 men or co-ed and at least 15 years of age. This is an event for all physical ability levels! Registration will open in April. Please check back for more information or call 541-265-8801. Food, music and prizes at the end of the race! Check in at 8am. Contact the Newport Chamber of Commerce at: 541-265-8801.