Festival Events

Colorful ceremonies to commemorate Rhode Island’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 and speeches by American and Japanese dignitaries. Colors will be presented by the Bristol Police Color Guard. The Navy Band Northeast's Vocalist will preform the National Anthem followed by Yohji Cantar Daquio singing the Japanese National Anthem. 

Friday, June 12th, 2020

10:00am • Rockwell Park, Bristol

Festival Opening Ceremonies

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 

 

* Please arrive 15 mins prior to the sail to get checked in. Be sure to allow for traffic, boat leaves promptly. Parking for the Schooner Aurora is  Provided anywhere in the "S" Dock Parking Lot or anywhere along "A" Dock.

Friday, June 12th, 2020

2pm – 4pm • Goat Island Marina

Sushi Sake Sail I

Odaiko New England, 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 the summons people to seek out its source!

Bring chairs & blankets 

Friday, June 12th, 2020

7:00pm • Independence Park 

Taiko Drum Performance 

Independence Park on Thames Street is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts, Taiko, and Martial Arts Demonstrations.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

10:30am-3:30pm- Independence Park, Bristol

Arts & Crafts and

Martial Arts Fair

Celebrate the 37th Anniversary of the Black Ships Festival. Enjoy a formal gala honoring the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa and the accomplishments of the United States Navy. Join us as we welcome Japanese Dignitaries, RI Officials and the US Navy.  Enjoy a unique evening that fuses both Japanese and American culture. The Gala includes dancing, an Open Bar, wines by Oyster Bay Wines, Vodka Martini Bar with Broken Shed Vodka and cultural cuisine with a Japanese flare. Begin the evening with the breaking of the Ceremonial Sake Drum filled with Gekkeikan Sake. Enjoy an exclusive taiko drumming presentation by Odaiko New England. Outstanding sit down dinner prepared by Pranzi Catering, Sushi station by Haruki, and hand crafted cocktails by Pussers's Rum. Gala is Presented by Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

6:30pm-10:30pm- Ochre Court, Newport

Black Ships Festival Gala

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Wreath ceremony at Perry's tomb by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy color guard, Northeast Band Bugler. The public is invited to experience this commemorative service. 

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

9:00am • Island Cemetery, Newport

Memorial Ceremony 

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. $35 per person in advance and $40 day of the event (if available). For tickets call 401-846-2720, or Online 

* Please arrive 15 mins prior to the sail to get checked in. Be sure to allow for traffic, boat leaves promptly. Parking for the Schooner Aurora is  Provided anywhere in the "S" Dock Parking Lot or anywhere along "A" Dock. - Purchase Tickets Here

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

2:00pm – 4:00pm • Goat Island Marina

Sushi Sake Sail II

CONTACT US:

CALL: 401-846-2720

EMAIL: jasri@newportevents.com

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