What to see, what to eat and where to park

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.

The scene on the biggest day of PVD Fest 2016, a massive arts and entertainment festival in downtown Providence

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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