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AS220 2013 Foo Fest: A day (and night full) of creative fun on Saturday, August 10!

Kidoinfo has 20 tickets to give away to 2013 Foo Fest. Want a chance to win? Tell us your kid’s favorite band/artist in the comments below. We’ll randomly select 10 winners on Wed., August 7th at Noon.

FOO_web2Foo Fest, AS220’s annual summertime block party bash, returns to Empire Street in downtown Providence on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 to bring you twelve hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, DIY technology, food and drink, and much more!

Foo Fest highlights the incredible arts, music, creative and cultural scene brewing right here in Providence. Kidoinfo is proud to sponsor such a cool creative happening that inspires kids of all ages to make and experience art in the heart of the city.


Foo Fest is completely kid and family friendly from 1pm until sunset!
NEW this year, children under 10 are free with an adult!
This year, families will enjoy hands-on artsy, crafty, and techy activities and demos courtesy of Kidoinfo, the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (see details below), the AS220 Industries, the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art,  CityArts, Girls Rock RI, and more!


Celebrate new England D.I.Y. with Rhode Island’s own Mini Maker Faire, featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots, right in the middle of Foo Fest, located at the Pell-Chafee Performance Center! Sponsored by Maker Media. Read an interview with Brian Jepson, co-producer of the RI Mini Maker Faire.

Maker Faire

For the second consecutive year, Foo Fest will have an official Artist in Residence. Last year’s artist, Dennis McNett of Wolfbat Studios, designed and built a life-sized viking ship, complete witha viking horde, that set sail for the main outdoor stage and ushered in the arrival of musical act Thrillhouse.

E on guitar at Foo FestThis year, we’ve chosen local-but-internationally-known artist and former Managing Director of AS220, Xander Marro! Xander will be putting her distinctive mark on all things Foo, from the poster and ads, physical elements on display the day and night of, and interactive performances and activities at the Fest. Rest assured, much like last year’s viking ship, big things are planned!

Music happens all afternoon and evening. In addiiton to the headliner SSION, Foo Fest hosts two dozen Providence and RI-centric acts who will be performing throughout the day and night! Click here for lineup.

Once again, the street will be jam-packed with food trucks and vendors from the city and neighboring communities offering a veritable smorgasbord spanning many cultures and diets (yes, carnivores, vegetarians, vegans – we’ve got you all covered!), including AS220 FOO(D), Julian’s, Like No Udder, Poco Loco Tacos, Providence Pudding Pops, Tina’s Jamaican, and more to be announced!

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