PVD Fest takes over Providence for its third year, infusing our downtown city streets and parks with music, dance, food, art and play. The Fest is a 4 day series of free events around the city spanning June 1 through June 4 with the big bash taking place from noon into night on Saturday, June 3. Check out the full festival schedule online to plan your day, or simply show up and wander the spaces and stages – everything is in walking distance. Printed programs will be available at Kennedy Plaza and additional information booths. Visit the PVD Fest FAQ page for information including parking, detours, and food.
Saturday is jam-packed with amazing performances to be seen and experiences to be had. Here are a few highlights to share with kids, teens and families in mind:
PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 282 North Main Street
PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park is a family-fun block party of music, art, activities, performance, playtime, and food, curated by poet Christopher Johnson. Enjoy stage performances by: the Manton Avenue Project, Puppeteer Marc Kohler, Magnolia Cajun Band, and Runa Culture. Activities include hula-hooping, comic book creations, balloon animal sculptures, poetry and face painting.
Family Activities and Performances at Burnside Park
12:30 PM – 7:00 PM, 2 Kennedy Plaza
A celebration of local arts, culture and play for all ages unfolds at Burnside Park courtesy of The Downtown Parks Conservatory, Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, and FirstWorks. Grab a scavenger hunt and a Burnside Passport and earn stamps at activities throughout the park for prizes. Check out performances with Girls Rock! Rhode Island, Ricky Rainbow Beard, Miss Katie of playSCIENCE RI. Also, storytelling with Raffini, drum circle with Sidy Maiga, and a lion dance parade. Build with the Imagination Playground “big blue blocks”, play with bubbles, and draw with sidewalk chalk.
PVD Fest Parade
4:00 PM, down Washington Street to Kennedy Plaza
Dress crazy and colorful and bring noisemakers to march the streets of Providence or simply cheer on the parade from the sidewalk and take in the music, dance and floats of local artists and organizations.
Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Washington Street between Mathewson and Clemence Street
Maker Faire is a “gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.” Meet the makers (engineers, artists, scientists, crafters) of 3D Printing PVD, RI Computer Museum, AS220 Labs, and TRACIMOC repurposed comic book art.
Performances and Screenings at Grant’s Block
12:00 PM – 10:30 PM, corner of Westminster and Union Streets
Awesome acts take the stage from Classical Gasoline, the Classical High School Band (12:00 PM), the silly songs of Keith Munslow (1:00 PM), hip hop dancers Project 401 (7:00 PM), theater and dance with Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts (8:30 PM – also at 12:00 PM at 63 Snow Street) and a series of short films with Providence Children’s Film Festival (9:00 PM).
Bike Fest RI
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mathewson Street Stage lot
BMX stunt riders, live entertainment, repair and safety demonstrations, and a bike expo.
There are oodles more art, dance, music and genre-defying happenings for families around the city in the complete schedule.