PVDFest 2018 June 7th through June 10th

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city for a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island.  Artists from across the globe join the Ocean State’s finest for a free outdoor party that inspires the soul, fires the spirit, and has thousands dancing in the streets. The cityscape pulses with cultural energy and urban spectacle in this Creative Capital celebration. Produced by the City of Providence with founding partner First Works, in its fourth year PVDFest has become a signature, much-anticipated celebration for residents and visitors alike.


The create category is for individuals or small groups that create performances for live audiences; live interactive sculptures; static visual art with interactive components; low/no-tech music performances; work that showcases traditional ethnic or regional heritage; and any small-scale crazy idea!


Four artists will be selected through a competitive call for art to create temporary public art installations for the 2018 PVDFest. The deadline for this opportunity has passed. Finalists will be announced in March 2018.


On December 1st, 2017 festival staff will send out Program Partner applications for ambitious collaborative projects that engage between five and nine local artists. Program Partners projects are low tech, easy to produce, and non-site-specific. Selected projects will be chosen by a panel made up of artists, producers, and various members of the festival team.


March in our boisterous procession from Greene Street to Kennedy Plaza.  Play music on an instrument, be a walking DJ, dance alone or in a group, hula hoop, make a float, or drive your fabulous car; the opportunities to participate in the PVDFest parade are nearly limitless!


We welcome vendors of goods, services, and food, as well as food trucks of all kinds that represent the diversity of Providence.


The PVDFest team collaborates with indoor and outdoor venues within the footprint for its annual celebration.


A festival this big requires many hands. We count on people like you to get involved, understand the experience, and make it happen. Sign up to volunteer today!


Some frequently asked questions might be answered by the 2017 FAQs Still want to be in touch? Click below for information about general inquiries.