PROVIDENCE, RI –  PVDFest today announced that dozens of independent artisans and makers curated by some of Providence’s favorite market managers will join this year’s festival  for a weekend of shopping and community experiences along the Providence River.

“Providence is known around the country for its makers, designers and innovators,” said Mayor Brett P. Smiley. “I am excited to be welcoming so many of them to this year’s festival and showcasing their talents to our many festivalgoers.”

Saturday’s South Water Street Markets will be held from 12-6pm and will be curated by Monica Martin, co-founder of Juicy Market PVD and Spocka Summa, founder of the Anti-Robot Club and The Marketplace at Farm Fresh RI. Sunday’s markets will be curated by the award-winning Providence Flea from 12-3pm and Haus of Codec from 12-6pm. The Providence Flea will showcase some of the region’s best artisans, makers, vintage vendors and food purveyors. Haus of Codec supports unhoused young people through the arts and educational empowerment, and provides their clients with opportunities to show, sell, and market their work.

“Haus of Codec is proud to have a network of more than 250 artists from across Rhode Island, and we are super excited about our partnership for the second year in a row with PVDfest, which gives artists a platform at one of the biggest events of the city,” said Haus of Codec Executive Director Julio Berroa. “Our artists get to connect, share and sell their works with a completely fresh audience. This year’s waterfront location at the I95 District Park is bound to be an even more refreshing venue and we hope to see you there!”

This year’s Artisan Markets round out the full PVDFest experience by offering attendees even more opportunities to shop, eat, and enjoy all things local while meeting and mingling with some of the region’s best creative makers and artisans. With hundreds of artists performing across the festival footprint, 6 stages of dynamic concert experiences and award-winning headliners, nearly two dozen food trucks sharing the best of globally-inspired local cuisine, family-friendly programming, local arts events activating the city, a full WaterFire lighting, and a shopping experience unlike any other, PVDFest is the celebration and destination of the season. Attendees are encouraged to check the PVDFest website for updates as more vendors and artists join this year’s the festival.

PVDFest is made possible in large part by the generous sponsors who continue to support Providence’s creative culture year-round, including Providence Tourism Council, RI Commerce, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Waste Management, Breeze, ProvPort, Waterson Terminal Services LLC, WPRI, iHeart Media, Delta Dental, Dimeo Construction Company, Dunkin’, Rhode Island Energy, RISD, Amica, Fidelity Investments, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Cornish Associates, Evolis, First Bristol Corporation/Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, Johnson & Wales University, BankNewport, The Foundry, PLDO Strategies, Withum, Verizon, Wexford Science & Technology, AARP Rhode Island, America News, Bird Rides, Half Street Group, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Providence Monthly, The Public’s Radio, Regency Plaza/Chestnut Hill Realty, Rhode Island Monthly, and RIPTA. In addition to sponsors, PVDFest relies on the contributions of the hard-working volunteers to make the event a memorable experience for everyone. If you can volunteer for a few hours or a whole day, please sign up here.

More information about PVDFest will be released in the coming weeks leading up to the waterfront celebration. For more information about PVDFest, please visit and follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About PVDFest
Mayor Brett P. Smiley, the City’s Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Producing Partner FirstWorks will once again host PVDFest, Providence’s signature outdoor arts festival, September 8-10. This year’s festival will bring people from both sides of the Providence River to celebrate what has repeatedly garnered Providence its reputation as the Creative Capital— our artists. We will host three days of musical performances, public art, good eats and curated spectacles on the waterfront and together build community around the things that make our city unique.

About Monica Martin
Monica Martin, Rhode Island Native and Entrepreneur. Ever since graduating high school, Monica Martin has developed a deep appreciation for events management and the hospitality industry. Never saying no to an opportunity, Monica has found herself living in various locations throughout the east coast, such as Block Island, Boston, and the Hamptons. After seventeen years in the industry she has made her way back to Rhode Island where she’s now the Events Manager at Black Sheep, and Co-Founder of Juicy Market PVD.

About Spocka Summa
Spocka Summa, born & raised in Providence RI, is a musician , visual artist and curator. After starting his multi-media brand the Anti-Robot Club in 2020, Spocka launched The Marketplace late 2021 in Providence. He currently curates & hosts the marketplace every 3rd Saturday at FarmFresh RI, featuring over 60 creative vendors & small businesses.

About Providence Flea
Catch the award-winning Providence Flea along South Water Street on Sunday during PVDFest from 12- 3 pm, showcasing an ever-changing lineup of the area’s best local artisans, makers, vintage vendors and food purveyors. Highlights include vintage finds, handcrafted jewelry, soaps and apothecary; wood crafts, ceramics, glasswork, original art and graphic design, vintage records and upcycled clothing, streetwear, fresh baked goods and more!

About Haus of Codec
Haus of Codec is excited to facilitate the Sunday Marketplace at PVDFest for the second year in a row. Our mission of working towards and end of transitional age youth homelessness in Rhode Island through the arts and educational empowerment give our clients the opportunity to show, sell and market their work among a network of over 250 artists and creative professionals across New England. Our vendors and artists bring out the best of our communities, and we’re honored to be featured alongside The Providence Flea for this annual celebration. To learn more about Haus of Codec, our events and supportive services, visit or follow us on Social Media @HausofCodec.

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