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The Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), one of the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the country, spans thirteen acres of Newport, Rhode Island’s famed downtown waterfront. Hundreds of domestic and international companies participate and offer a full range of powerboats and sailboats, plus an extensive array of marine products and services to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, educational seminars and hands-on training courses for the whole family are offered throughout the show days, including the world-renowned Newport For New Products (NFNP) program which showcases new boat and boating products making their official United States debut.

The Newport International Boat Show’s September dates and stunning location are added benefits to your visit.  Set amongst grand coastal scenery, national historic sites, distinctive inns, trendy boutiques and world-class restaurants, it’s easy to pair your passion for boating with the experience of Newport and the beauty of fall in New England.

Dates & Times:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 10am-6pm
Friday, September 15, 2017 10am-6pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017 10am-5pm

Show Address (best for GPS use):

Newport Yachting Center
4 Commercial Wharf
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

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Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Newport International Boat Show!

Show Highlights


Take the helm of a powerboat or sailboat with a professional USCG-licensed captain who will lead you through engaging lessons and strategies to help improve your confidence and ability and make your time on the water fun. All experience levels are welcome. You will never feel pressured to buy a boat because Confident Captain instructors are professional captains, not boat salesmen. The courses are offered all four days of the Newport Boat Show for both powerboat and sailboat, and are open to all boat show attendees. We recommend registering online in advance as these courses are limited and sell out quickly. Click here for more details and to register today!

Join Tesla at the Newport International Boat Show to experience the award-winning Model X or Model S. During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to learn about our most advanced active safety and convenience features, how to charge your Tesla vehicle at home or on the road, and discover how an electric vehicle can fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Please RSVP for a test drive.

Win a 6-night / 7-day vacation at the BEAUTIFUL Marriott RESORT Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star, In St. Thomas, USVI. includes round-trip airfare for two on Jet Blue Airlines when you purchase your boat show tickets in advance online today. Purchase tickets now in order to enter to win this fabulous vacation package!

Make Parking Stress-free! The Newport International Boat Show offers convenient parking at Easton’s Beach in Newport for $20 per vehicle with continuous, complimentary shuttle service to and from the boat show site. Parking passes can be purchased on our tickets ordering page.

One Destination -Three Shows! Running concurrently and right next door to the with the Newport International Boat Show is the second annual Newport Wooden Boat Show at the Bowen’s Wharf Ferry Landing Marina and the Newport Brokerage Boat Show at the Newport Shipyard. To make your Newport experience even more robust, click here for more details.

Education abounds and returns to the Newport Boat Show with CruiserPort Univeristy! PassageMaker Magazine’s CruiserPort University will offer a ten-fold line-up of interesting seminar topics by well-known experts in their field. For more details and the complete schedule, read more.

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Learn more about NFNP & view the 2017 entries

2017 marks the 12th annual Newport For New Products Program which will showcase 2018 foreign and domestic boats and products that are making their U.S. debut at the show. “Best of” awards are selected by expert judges in multiple categories on Friday of the show recognizing creativity, innovation and practicality in nautical solutions and design. Be sure to browse these exciting NFNP entries, marked by red and blue Newport For New Products decals and balloons, identifying what’s new and innovative in the marine industry!

Learn more about NFNP & view the 2017 entries


Thank you to industry insiders and showgoers who voted Newport their “Favorite Boat Show To Attend” in a Soundings 2016 Trade Only Today poll.