About the Festival

For the fourth year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and founding creative partner FirstWorks will host PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival, June 7-10, 2018!

PVDFest Ideas

Cyborg Cities: People, Technology, and Urban Spaces
The Ideas Conference brings together scholars, artists, and practitioners to consider what might be gained as well as what might be lost as cities become smarter.

Food Village

Over 40 food trucks will line the perimeter of the Plaza with more than ample seating encasing the inner area.  Over 20 Providence restaurants and food purveyors will be at the heart of the Village to sell, mingle and demo some of their finest dishes (and maybe give away some dish secrets along the way).


Last year, PVDFest hosted over 800 local, national and international artists turning the city into a canvas of live music, poetry, theater, dance and so much more.  The list of amazing talent continues to grow.   Join in on the excitement!

Public Artists

Public Artists

Each of these public artists has an existing public or studio arts presence in Providence and has surpassed a rigorous selection process led by members of the Art in City Life Commission, City staff, and PVDFest creative partner FirstWorks!

Mini Maker Faire

The Mini Maker Faire celebrates creativity and ingenuity. It’s open to artists, artisans, designers, manufacturers, crafters, hobbyists, backyard mad scientists–anyone who creates for delight.

Break a World Record

Bachata Dance

Join in on a history-making attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “most people dancing a choreographed Bachata dance.

PVDFest Marketplace


Artists will be set up on Westminster Street between Dorrance Street and the Turks Head building and on Dorrance Street at the intersection.

Marketplace Artists Application

© 2015-2018 - PVDFest

   Providence, RI USA