What time does everything start on Saturday? When is the best time to arrive?
PVDFest Ideas events take place beginning early in the week.

PVDFest’s general hours of operation for each of the four main festival days are as follows. Some participating indoor venues may continue holding programs on into the later evening hours.


  • Thursday June 11, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday, June 12,  5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 13,  12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday, June 14,  12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
I'm a non-profit in Rhode Island and I'd love to have a booth or table at PVDFest. Is this possible?
PVDFest is a non-profit production that relies on charitable giving, grant support, and earned revenue to bring free art experiences to the public.  PVDFest does not offer space to nonprofits interested in soliciting information or advertising their services. Nonprofits are welcome to become official festival sponsors.

With over 60 businesses and organizations financially supporting the festival, and a crowded festival footprint, tabling opportunities are limited to our high-level sponsors only.   Read more here to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

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.
I want a full experience at the festival. What’s the best way for me to do that?
PVDFest 2019 will showcase 1000+ artists on over a dozen 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! The festival brings Washington Street Cultural Corridor to life with murals, art installations and interactive creative expressions. Don’t miss our three awarded PVDFest Public Art installations this year, located on the Civic Center Garage, City Hall apron, and Empire Plaza (corner of Westminster and Empire). And while you’re on the look-out for public art, check out our downtown walking tour to get a sense of all the great public art downtown Providence has to offer: :https://artculturetourism.com/public-art-tour/.
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. 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, 122 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!

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 Matunuck Oyster Bar and GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ. Friday, June 7 provides a sneak preview of what’s to come for the weekend including Newport Jerky Company, HG80 and Mamita’s Food Truck. Participating restaurants on Saturday, June 8 include local classics (Del’s Lemonade, Dave’s Coffee, Haven Bros), Rhode Island specialties (Friskie Fries; Tricycle Ice Cream), and some of the city’s most popular new food trucks (Hometown Poké, The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles). 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.
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+!

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.

Please see below for a complete list of PVDFest NO PARKING SPOTS

  • Greene Street between Broad and Broadway
  • Exchange Terrace between Emmet Square and Exchange Street
  • Fulton street between Exchange Street and Memorial BLVD.

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.

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 25+ 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
Where can I find accessible parking and entry to the festival?
On Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th, 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

On Saturday June 8th  & Sunday June 9th,  entry points with heightened accessible drop off points 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.
I am with someone who may need a wheelchair to enjoy the festival. Will there be wheelchair rentals available?
On Saturday June  8TH  & Sunday June 9th, we will have 10 wheelchairs available for use at no cost. 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
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 (those not purchased on the festival footprint with a valid 21+ photo ID)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Vehicles of any kind including bicycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and scooters (skateboards are permitted in the Adrian Hall Way skate park)
  • 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
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
I am a craft or artisan vendor and I have a question about my application to vend
First make sure that you have submitted your information through Craftland’s vendor portal:  https://shop.craftlandshop.com/pages/pvdfest-application.


If you have submitted but not heard back, please contact Craftland directly at craftlandmarketplace@gmail.com

And don’t forget to bring…
  • Lots of smiling family and friends
  • Dancing shoes
  • A sense of adventure

Festival Hours

Thursday, 12:00 PM – 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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