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PVDFest takes over the city: June 7-10

The city’s signature art festival, PVDFest, returns from Thursday, June 7th through Sunday, June 10th! Hosted by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and founding creative partner FirstWorks, this four-day event brings Providence’s world-renowned art, culture and culinary communities together with artists from around the world. Public spaces and parks will be transformed with live music, dance, food, and visual art installations throughout downtown. Download a festival map before you go!

For the full lineup including Pilobulus, SQUONK OPERA, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Debo Band with Sidy Maiga, What Cheer? Brigade, and nearly 100 other performers, visit or download a printable events schedule. Here are a few programming highlights:

  • PVDFest Ideas kicks off on Thursday, June 7th. This is a ticketed, multi-session smart cities conference for scholars, artists, and practitioners at the Providence Public Library.
  • At sunset on Friday, June 8th, join an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people participating in a choreographed Bachata Dance!
  • The Food Village at PVDFest brings more than 40 food trucks to the perimeter of Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th. You’ll also find local restaurants and food purveyors offering demos, plus ample outdoor seating.
  • Visit the Marketplace on Westminster Street on Saturday, starting at the Turks Head building through the intersection at Dorrance Street, along with the Providence Mini Maker Faire.
  • Get creative, and march in the loud, colorful PVDFest Parade from Greene Street to Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, June 9th.

As you travel into downtown, please be aware of street closures throughout the weekend:

  • Friday, June 8th: streets will be closed from 5 PM to midnight.
  • Saturday, June 9th: streets closed 5 AM to midnight (Empire to Exchange Street between Fountain and Weybosset).
  • Sunday, June 10th: streets closed from 12 AM through 5 AM the next day, Monday, June 11th (Washington and Westminster from Union to Dorrance, and around Kennedy Plaza).

Also keep in mind that some RIPTA routes will be detoured from June 8th through the 10th.

PVDFest has a Zero Waste policy, with a commitment to minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Vendors will use special products, and everyone’s encouraged to recycle.

For everything you need to know, read the FAQs before coming. Enjoy the festival!