PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Mayor Jorge Elorza kicked off the capital city’s fifth annual “PVDFest,” boasting the success of the arts festival since it began in 2015.
The event features more than 1,500 local artists, 22 stages, more than 50 food trucks and eight outdoor bars spread across the city.
A variety of events will also be held for the duration of the event, which runs June 6-9, including a pretzel eating contest and a family fun day at Burnside Park.
Travel and Parking
City officials announced there will be several road closures throughout the weekend while the festival is underway.
Those attending are encouraged to find alternate means of transportation to help ease congestion throughout the city. JUMP bikes will be available at four docking stations on the outskirts of the festival and RIPTA will also continue its normal bus routes.
Those utilizing ride share or taxi services should arrange to be dropped off at designated drop off areas and arranged to be picked up at The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street. Anyone looking for parking during the event is encouraged to check SP+ for open spots.
In the event of an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item, notify a nearby police officer immediately or call 911.
Here is a list of items that are banned during PVDFest:
- Weapons and contraband of any kind.
- Outside Alcoholic beverages (Available to purchase on the festival footprint. You must be 21+ and have valid photo ID).
- Fireworks or explosives.
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind.
- Motorized vehicles including dirt bikes, ATVs and scooters.
- Laser pointers.
- Drones (without approval, more information on FAA violations).
What is “Zero Waste?”
PVDFest is a Zero Waste event, aiming to extend the lives of raw materials through waste reduction, recycling and composting.
The following products are banned for vendors:
- Single-use condiment pouches and plastic ramekins
- Plastic straws and stirrers
- Styrofoam cups or plates
- Plastic bags