This year, PVDFest continues to expand programming and partnerships to showcase Providence as the Creative Capital. The 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 for each of the four days are as follows:
- Thursday June 6, 5:00PM-10:00PM
- Friday June 7, 5:00PM-12:00AM
- Saturday June 8, 12:00PM-12:00AM
- Sunday June 9, 12:00PM-6:00PM
Road Closures Information
Please see below for a complete list of closed streets by day.
Friday, June 8 road closures:
5:00AM Dorrance Street between Washington and Fulton Streets
5:00AM Eddy Street between Washington and Fulton Streets
5:00AM Fulton Street between Dorrance and Eddy Streets
5:00PM Washington Street between Dorrance and Exchange Streets
5:00PM Fulton Street between Dorrance and Exchange Streets
5:00PM Dorrance Street between Westminster Street and Emmet Square
Saturday, June 8 road closures:
5:00AM Washington Street between Empire and Exchange Streets
5:00AM Westminster Street between Empire and The Turk’s Head Building
5:00AM Custom House Street between Weybosset & Memorial BLVD.
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 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 9 road closures:
5:00AM Washington Street between Union Street and Exchange Terrace
5:00AM Westminster Street between Dorrance and Washington Streets
5:00AM Dorrance Street between Westminster Street and The Turk’s Head Building
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.
Getting to PVDFest
Residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize alternative modes of transportation to arrive at the festival.
If you’re a cyclist, JUMP Bikes will have four bike docking stations throughout the outskirts of the festival footprint.
If you prefer to drive in, check out SP+ for discounted parking rates during festival weekend.
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
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 8 from 12:00PM-12:00AM. All roadways will re-open at 5:00AM on Monday, June 10.
Handicap parking will be available at the below locations:
- Exchange Terrace at the top of the rink before Burnside Park
- Fountain Street between Adrian Hall Way and Snow St.
- Weybossett across from PPAC
- Weybossett at the Arcade Stage
- Empire Street below the giant photo on Trinity Rep.
On Saturday June 8 & Sunday June 9, entry points with heightened accessible parking will be available at the below locations:
- Exchange Terrace on the side closest to Burnside Park
- Fountain Street between Union and Dorrance
- Page Street from Weybosset to Pine
- Weybossett by Custom House Street
We will have 10 wheelchairs available for use at no cost (on Saturday and Sunday). You must leave a valid ID to use a PVDFest wheelchair.
Wheelchairs stations will be at the below locations:
- Weybossett across from PPAC
- Within the footprint by the ALEX AND ANI City Center
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.