PVDFEST: A PRACTICAL GUIDE
What is the schedule of events? Where can I find more information about activities and who’s playing when and where?
What time does everything start on Saturday? When is the best time to arrive?
PVDFest hours of operation for each of the four days are as follows:
- Thursday June 7, 8:30AM-12:00AM
- Friday June 8, 5:00PM-12:00AM
- Saturday June 9, 12:00PM-12:00AM
- Sunday June 10, 12:00PM-6:00PM
I want a full experience at the festival. What’s the best way for me to do that?
I noticed Providence has more murals on the buildings, does that have anything to do with the festival?
My friends are coming from out of town. What's the best way for them to reach the festival and where can they stay?
We have a number of hotels in Providence who can offer accommodations for the festival. For more details, please visit: Go Providence!
Where can I park? Will any of the streets be closed off?
Street parking will be available on Saturday EXCEPT on the following streets:
Empire Street between Weybosset/Broad and Fountain Streets
Fountain Street between Empire and Emmet Square
Exchange Terrace between Exchange and Emmet Square
Fulton Street between Weybosset and Exchange Streets
Weybosset Street between Empire and Exchange Streets
Handicap parking will be available at the below locations:
Fountain Street corner of Clemence Streets
Weybosset Street corner of Eddy Streets
Exchange Terrace on the side closest to Burnside Park
There will be multiple road closures throughout the PVDFest footprint from Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate means of transportation when possible and are reminded to respect road closures. The PVDFest footprint will be vehicle free on Saturday, June 9 from 12:00PM-12:00AM. All roadways will re-open at 5:00AM on Monday, June 11.
Friday, June 8 road closures:
5:00AM Snow Street between Washington and Westminster Streets
4:30PM Aborn Street between Washington and Westminster Streets
4:30PM Adrian Hall Way between Washington and Fountain Street
4:30PM Beverly Street between Washington and Fountain Streets
4:30PM Washington Street between Empire and Union Streets
4:30PM Mathewson Street between Hotel Providence and the Residential Lot
4:30PM Clemence Street between Fountain and Westminster Streets
Saturday, June 9 road closures:
5:00AM Washington Street between Empire and Exchange Streets
5:00AM Westminster Street between Empire and the corner of Westminster and Weybosset Streets
5:00AM Dorrance Street between Weybosset and Emmet Square
5:00AM Aborn between Washington and Weybosset Streets
5:00AM Adrian Hall Way between Washington and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Beverly between Washington and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Snow Street between Washington and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Mathewson Street between Chapel and Residential Lot before Fountain Street
5:00AM Clemence Street between Weybosset and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Union Street between Weybosset and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Eddy Street between Weybosset and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Fulton Street between Union and Exchange Streets
5:00AM East Approach between Exchange Terrace and Washington Streets
5:00AM Middle Street between Union and Dorrance Streets
5:00AM Exchange Street between Fulton and Exchange Terrace
Sunday, June 10 road closures:
5:00AM Washington Street between Union Street and Exchange Terrace
5:00AM Dorrance Street between Westminster Street and Emmet Square
5:00AM Union Street between Westminster and Fountain Streets
5:00AM Eddy Street between Westminster and Washington Street
5:00AM Fulton Street between Union Street and Exchange Terrance
5:00AM East Approach between Exchange Terrace and Washington Street
Please note that Sunday’s road closures will be remain in place from 5:00AM, June 10 until 5:00AM, June 11.
I need to take a bus home. Will RIPTA buses be running even if Kennedy Plaza is closed for traffic?
I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. Will there be food at the festival?
Can I buy beer or wine anywhere?
I love to shop! Will there be any merchandise for sale?
Do you accept credit cards at the Festival?
Are you expecting big crowds?
Is everything accessible for people with disabilities per ADA guidelines?
All outdoor venues and performances are ADA accessible. There are ADA accessible restrooms on the footprint. For indoor venues, please see Access-RI.org
I'm concerned about security? What if I get ill or injured?
In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a suspicious backpack, package or container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. In the event of a lost child, children should be brought to the nearest information booth.
Items NOT allowed inside the festival include but are not limited to:
- Weapons and contraband of any kind
- Outside Alcoholic beverages (Available to purchase on the festival footprint. You must be 21+ and have valid photo ID)
- Fireworks or explosives
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
- Motorized vehicles including dirtbikes, ATVs and scooters
- Laser pointers
PVDFest is a “No Drone Zone.” Drone use is prohibited without approval and the use of drones over groups of people is a violation of FAA Special Rule for Model Aircraft.
There is nothing we care more about than your safety and well-being. A First Aid station will be located on the Festival footprint. Trained EMTs will be on-hand to address any and all medical incidents. Additionally, if you see anyone at the festival who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our security team or local police officer.
Is there a hashtag for this event?
What happens if it rains?
And don’t forget to bring…
- Lots of smiling family and friends
- Dancing shoes
- A sense of adventure
I am a nonprofit and would like to table at PVDFest
What does zero waste actually mean?
Banned products for vendors include:
- Single-use condiment pouches and plastic ramekins
- Plastic straws and stirrers
- Styrofoam cups or plates
- Plastic bags
Thursday, 8:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Friday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM