Free educational workshops taught by festival musicians.

All Festival Workshops will take place in The Museum at Fort Adams State Park. Must have a festival ticket to attend.


FRIDAY – 7/28, 2pm

Eastern Medicine Singers – “Learning and experiencing Indigenous music and culture”

THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. But we encourage you to come by 15 minutes before the start time to join the “standby” line. 

An interactive workshop with the Indigenous American song and dance group, Eastern Medicine Singers.

SATURDAY – 7/29, 1:30 pm 

Raye Zaragoza – “Writing Songs For Stories”

A workshop with singer-songwriter & children’s TV composer Raye Zaragoza for children ages 8-12 (all are welcome outside of this age too!)

SUNDAY – 7/30, 1:00 pm

Valerie June – “Somebody to Love” (AT CAPACITY)

THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. But we encourage you to come by 15 minutes before the start time to join the “standby” line. 

Join Valerie June for this Children’s Book Reading and Ukulele Workshop presented by Third Man Books! An art project by illustrator, Marcela Avelar, will also be available for kids too young to play a ukulele. Third Man Books is the publishing imprint of multi-Grammy musician Jack White’s Third Man Records. 


FRIDAY – 8/4, 4:00 pm

Angel Bat Dawid – “Hush Harbor Mixtape Service”

Join Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood as they teach the essential elements of Great Black Music through the recreation of an Afro-Future Hush Harbor service.

SATURDAY – 8/5, 1:30 pm

Julian Lage – “Exploration of Improvisation and Guitar Orchestration”

Join guitarist and composer, Julian Lage, for a workshop exploring improvisation, guitar technique, and orchestration. All ages are welcome, but this workshop is intended for those who have a basic understanding of guitar.

SATURDAY – 8/5, 3:30 pm

Newport Jazz Assembly Band – “Listening to Jazz Music in Depth”

The Newport Jazz Assembly band will demonstrate and talk about the elements and ways to listen to jazz music, in an effort to draw attention to the artistry of the music.

SUNDAY – 8/6, 12:30 pm

Brian Blade and Christian McBride – “The Mindful Drummer”

Join Artistic Director, Christian McBride in conversation with Brian Blade to discuss Brian’s artistic approach to playing drums.

SUNDAY – 8/6, 2:00 pm

Executive Producer, Jay Sweet – “The Legacy and Vision of George Wein”

A conversation about George Wein with Newport Folk and Jazz Fest executive producer, Jay Sweet

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