New Accessibility Supports Incorporated in Map, Performance Locations

PROVIDENCE, RI – PVDFest today released its official schedule and dynamic interactive map, detailing an impressive array of art exhibitors, musical and dance performances, eclectic food truck vendors, and grand spectacles in advance of Providence’s free, outdoor arts extravaganza. This year’s signature event will be held at the 195 District Park from September 8 through September 10 and feature hundreds of artists and performers. Music lovers can preview PVDFest artists on the festival’s new Spotify playlist.

“We’ve worked hard to curate experiences for every festival goer, and we’re incredibly proud of the rich diversity and high-quality programming PVDFest has to offer this year,” said Mayor Brett P. Smiley. “Our map and schedule make it easy to plan your weekend ahead of time and get ready for an extraordinary, immersive experience on our beautiful riverfront.”

The interactive map further enhances the festival experience by providing the layout of PVDFest’s new location at the 195 District Park, visualizing key performance stages, sensory and ADA supports, and public safety booths where critical information and resources will be available. This year, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble (STE), a Rhode Island-based neurodiverse theatre company, partnered with PVDFest to provide support for sensory-attuned program curation in addition to new informational signage throughout the festival footprint and sensory indicators for the festival map. STE is also hosting a multi-day Neurodiversity New Play Festival just outside the PVDFest footprint.

Additionally, PVDFest partnered with Real Access Motivates Progress (RAMP), a disability advocacy organization, to offer wheelchair rentals and key accessibility information. Festival attendees can visit the PVDFest website to learn more about sensory and accessibility accommodations, including ADA-friendly parking details.

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, Brown University, Delta Dental, Dimeo Construction Company, Dunkin’, Rhode Island Energy, RISD, Surv, Amica, Fidelity Investments, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Conduent, 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, RIPTA, and Santander. 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.

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.

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