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?
The online schedule will be posted. Artist’s schedules change and production often require shifts, so we want to make sure we give you all the correct info. Please check back for most recent information.
What time does everything start on Saturday? When is the best time to arrive?
The festival starts at 12:00 pm on Saturday. Join us for the parade which starts at approximately 4:00 pm on Empire and Washington Streets and ends up at the main Kennedy Plaza stage if you want to march with us!
I want a full experience at the festival. What’s the best way for me to do that?
PVDFest 2018 will showcase a staggering range of eclectic and multidisciplinary arts, culture, and creativity from internationally-acclaimed artists to emerging talent, everything from jazz to salsa, storytelling to modern dance along the Washington Street Cultural Corridor and Greater Kennedy Plaza. With all the offerings available it would be hard to see everything! If there are one or two specific performances you really want to see, plan your afternoon and evening around them. Be willing to take a chance on something new and unfamiliar! Often you will find a memorable experience in an unexpected place.
I noticed Providence has more murals on the buildings, does that have anything to do with the festival?
Yes, public art is a significant part of PVDFest! You probably saw the giant murals downtown that were put up as part of PVDFest in 2015 and 2017. These large-scale public creations were painted by guest artists and installed by The Avenue Concept. Their imaginative, engaging works have graced the walls of Providence, Buffalo, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Athens, drawing artists and viewers alike into a public conversation through collaborative drawing. The festival brings Washington Street Cultural Corridor to life with murals, art installations and interactive creative expression. Don’t miss our four Public Art installations this year, located on the Civic Center Garage, City Hall steps, and at the intersection of Eddy and Westminster. Have you seen Mary Beth Meehan’s photographic portraits of Providence residents throughout the footprint? The installation, titled Seen/Unseen, will rotate for PVDFest beginning the week of May 21 2018. Keep an eye out for new portraits in surprising places throughout downtown.vendors.
My friends are coming from out of town, what about accommodations?
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?
I need to take a bus home. Will RIPTA buses be running even if Kennedy Plaza is closed for traffic?
Yes, please check here for all bus detours related to the Festival.
I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. Will there be food at the festival?
You bet! What would a festival be without yummy food! Ethnic Specialties from Around the World and local Rhode Island summer favorites! Click here for a list of all food vendors!
Sausage • Fried Dough • Tacos • Grilled Cheese • Seafood • Asian • Jamaican • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Organic & Vegetarian Options • Pies • Ice Cream • Espresso • Cappuccino • Beer • Wine & plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
Can I buy beer or wine anywhere?
For all you parched over 21 folks there will be bars for you to quench your thirst all along the Festival’s footprint.
I love to shop! Will there be any merchandise for sale?
Absolutely! The awesome folks from Craftland are curating a Marketplace along Westminster Street with local artisans, craftspeople and retailers.
Do you accept credit cards at the Festival?
The majority of vendors accept credit cards. Additionally, ATMs are available and accept the following bank or credit cards: Plus, Star, MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus, American Express and Discover.
Are you expecting big crowds?
As with most free festivals, our streets will be flooded with spectators. A fantastic blend of diversity representing all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, lifestyles will come together to celebrate as a community. Keep a sense of humor and an open mind as you stroll among the various performances, and swap any emerging ‘crowd rage’ for a dash of ‘festival fever’.
Is everything accessible for people with disabilities per ADA guidelines?
For complete information on accessibility, please visit the Information Booths.
What if I get ill or injured?
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?
You bet! Be sure to tag us in posts on your social media platforms with #PVDFest.
What happens if it rains?
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes! PVDFest will be held rain or shine; however, staff reserves the right to cancel the event or part of the event due to severe weather. Check our website, Facebook, or Twitter for severe weather updates. @PVDFest
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
PVDFest does not offer space to nonprofits interested in soliciting information or advertising their services. Nonprofits are welcome to become official festival sponsors. To find out about sponsorship, Click Here.
What does zero waste actually mean?
We recycle and compost everything we can and work to put ZERO waste in the landfill.
Friday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Handicapped parking and youth/handicapped drop-off areas will be posted here prior to the festival.