PROVIDENCE — PVDFest is back after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. That means music, art, food, fun and, as Mayor Jorge Elorza puts it, ‘a lot of dancing in the street’.
Wondering what to do and where to go? We’ve got you covered.
When is PvdFest?
The party starts on Friday at 5 PM in the center and lasts until 10 PM. The festivities on Saturday start at noon and last until 8:00 pm, and Sunday, the last day, lasts from noon to 6:00 pm
Who performs at PvdFest?
The Elorza administration has sought out New Orleans musical acts to bring the iconic flair of the Big Easy to Providence. It includes the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band and jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, who will headline the first day alongside the local Big NAZO Intergalactic Creature Band, decked out in alien heads and spacesuits.
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On day two, there’s another Grammy winner, Eddie Palmieri and his 11-piece salsa orchestra, along with a host of other acts, from belly dancers and a drum troupe to a magician and a mime.
Lima indie band Hit La Rosa will headline the third day, which will also include the Rhode Island National Guard brass band, a dance crew from Chicago, and other acts.
A full list of events and artists is available at pvdfest.com.
I’m hungry. What’s there to eat?
You are lucky. A food truck village in Kennedy Plaza offers local favorites from Blount Clam Shack, Haven Brothers, Newport Creamery and many more. Be sure to check out the festival website for a full list of food as the options change every day. However, we know that Del’s will be there every day. Naturally.
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Where is PvdFest and how do I get there? What about road closures in Providence?
If you plan to drive, be aware of street closures that will take place during the festival. A full list is available on PvdFest’s FAQ page under “where can I park?” See also GoProvidence.com for tips on where to leave your car.
The city encourages visitors to use alternative modes of transportation to get there. For those using public transportation, be sure to check RIPTA’s list of relocated bus stops and detour routes online. Visitors are also welcome to cycle to the event, although the city has requested that bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters not be driven through the festival during opening hours due to heavy pedestrian traffic.
What about the COVID-19 precautions?
At the moment that is up to the visitors. The city has said that “in accordance with state and local guidelines, there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements.” That means wearing a mask will be a personal decision. That said, COVID-19 is still here. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence and the state as a whole were in a moderate transition from the virus on Wednesday.
For those who are interested, a testing and vaccination booth, organized by RIDOH and Asthenis Pharmacy, will be located to the right of City Hall, where the city offers free rapid tests and vaccines on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, without an appointment .