Providence, RI – PVDFest has released the following logistic, safety and transportation information for community members and visitors. For more information on festival programming and scheduling, visit www.pvdfest.com.

Festival Overview

In the fourth year, PVDFest continues to expand programming and partnerships to showcase Providence as the Creative Capital. This year’s festival includes:

  • 1000+ artists
  • 18 stages
  • 60 food establishments
  • 28 outdoor bars
  • 11 curators; including  AS220, The Dean Hotel, The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and Day of Portugal Rhode Island
  • Over 65 sponsors

PVDFest hours of operation of the four days are as follows:

  • Thursday 8:30AM-12:00AM
  • Friday 5:00PM-12:00AM
  • Saturday 12:00PM-12:00AM
  • Sunday 12:00PM-6:00PM

Road Closures Information

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

 

Getting to PVDFest

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.

 

Parking at PVDFest

Visit Park Downtown Providence for information on parking on surrounding streets and parking facilities. 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

 

See Something, Say Something

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.

PVDFest is an all-ages event. However, you must be 21+ and have valid photo ID to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages. Smoking is not permitted on any Providence Parks & Recreation property including, but not limited to, buildings, playgrounds, ice or skating rinks and parking lots.