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 during the week of the festival. 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. The parade starts at approximately 4:00 pm on Empire and Washington Streets and ends at the main Kennedy Plaza.

 

 

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?
PVDFest 2018 will showcase 1000+ artists on 18 stages. The festival features 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. The festival brings Washington Street Cultural Corridor to life with murals, art installations and interactive creative expressions. 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.
My friends are coming from out of town. What's the best way for them to reach the festival and where can they stay?
Residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize alternative modes of transportation to arrive at the festival. Biking is always encouraged in Providence and there is bike parking available throughout Downtown. Travel between Newport and Providence is available through the Seastreak Ferry service, with complimentary shuttle bus service between the Providence train station, convention center, downtown and the Providence to Newport ferry terminal. For visitors using a rideshare service or taxi, the designated drop off and pick up location is in front of The Dean Hotel, 22 Fountain Street. Due to festival-related road closures throughout Downtown, RIPTA will operate normal bus routes on Empire Street. Festival visitors are encouraged to ride RIPTA to the events and visit www.RIPTA.com for information on routes and times. Amtrak and MBTA will run a regular weekend schedule.

 

 

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?

Visit Park Downtown Providence for information on parking on surrounding streets and parking facilities or book ahead with our partners at SP+!

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?
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! Sponsors of the Food Village include Pollo Campero, Matunuck Oyster Bar, and GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ. Participating restaurants on Saturday, June 9 include local classics (Del’s Lemonade, Dave’s Coffee, The Sandwich Hut), Rhode Island specialties (Wicked Doughboys; Durk’s BBQ), and some of the city’s most popular new food trucks (Hometown Poké, J&S Pineapple Express). The Food Village returns on Sunday with over 20 participating food trucks, restaurants, and food purveyors that appeal to culinary adventurers as well as lovers of hometown traditions.
Can I buy beer or wine anywhere?
PVDFest is an all-ages event. However, you must be 21+ and have valid photo ID to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages from one of our 28 festival bars. Smoking is not permitted on any Providence Parks & Recreation property including, but not limited to, buildings, playgrounds, ice or skating rinks and parking lots.
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’ with a healthy dose of ‘festival fever’.
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?
The festival footprint will be secured by Providence Police Department and private security staff to ensure public safety and traffic flow. Throughout the duration of the festival, public safety, emergency management and first aid services will be located on the festival footprint.

 

 

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?
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?
PVDFest is a Zero Waste event. Zero Waste events aim to emphasize and extend the lives of raw materials through waste reduction, recycling and composting. Together, PVDFest will demonstrate a united commitment to protecting the environment and set an example for members of the community, guests and visitors. Attendees are responsible for any disposable items brought inside the festival footprint. Recyclables can be disposed in any of the nine recycle stations located throughout the festival footprint.

 

 

Banned products for vendors include:

  • Single-use condiment pouches and plastic ramekins
  • Plastic straws and stirrers
  • Styrofoam cups or plates
  • Plastic bags

Festival Hours

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

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