Pawtucket Arts Festival
|Country and Region||United States — Rhode Island|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
Diane Agostini, Planning
Each September the Pawtucket Arts Festival offers a range of arts and entertainment for the community. Music, theater, dance, art events, cook-offs, and more… A majority of the events takes place around the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center located at 175 Roosevelt Avenue.
|Festival Dates||September 6 - 30, 2012|
- The festival is a showcase of arts and culture with a month-long celebration Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 30, 2012. For the past thirteen years, people from all over have come to participate and enjoy music, arts & crafts, dance, films, food and multicultural activities throughout the city. The 2012 Pawtucket Arts Festival offers the finest representation of performing, visual and culinary arts in the New England region, with most events at no cost. This year the festival has expanded to also include the neighboring city of Central Falls. The Central Falls Bright Future Festival will be held at Jenks Park on Broad Street, Saturday, September 22.
- Thursday, September 6 — Kick off
The festival will kick off with Opera Providence on Thursday, September 6 at Slater Mill at 6:30pm. This new and exciting event includes a VIP reception at the Pawtucket Visitor Center at 5:30pm. Enter as a VIP for $25 or general admission tickets are $10.
- Friday, September 7 — Festival Gala
The Gala offers great music and the Taste of Pawtucket, featuring food samples with some of the finest ethnic cuisine from restaurants in Pawtucket and Central Falls. The Festival Gala will take place on September 7, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the Historic Slater Mill. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Pawtucket Visitor Center, 175 Main Street.
- Saturday, September 8 — Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival
These ever-popular events include professional teams from Boston and New York as well as local amateur teams racing on the Pawtucket River.
- Sunday, September 9 — Heritage
The Slater Mill Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival also returns this year.
- Saturday to Saturday, September, 8 - 15 — Gospel
From the first weekend until the last, there will be a wide selection of music from the Greatness of Gospel, offered by Mixed Magic Theatre, to New Orleans Jazz at the King Creole Festival on Saturday, September 8th. Rocktucket, September 15, will return for a downtown block party and for the classically-minded there is Opera Providence, which is a newcomer this year, as well as the widely acclaimed RI Philharmonic Pops at Slater Park presented by the Pawtucket Teachers’ Alliance.
- Saturday and Sunday, September 8 - 9 — Visual Arts
The artists of Pawtucket will also have their moment to shine at the new Arts Marketplace at the Pawtucket Armory. Folks will also want to visit studios in the mills of Pawtucket, organized by XOS-Exchange Street Art and Design, Lorraine Mills, The Mills, and Hope Artiste Village, showcasing some of the city’s newest arts organizations.
- Saturday and Sunday, September 15 - 16 — Arts & Crafts
Be sure to visit the Slater Park Fall Festival, which features arts & crafts vendors, demonstrations, and entertainment. This will be held at Slater Memorial Park. Once again closing out the festival will be a film lover’s potpourri with the return of the 14th annual Pawtucket Film Festival as well as the City of Pawtucket’s 14th Annual Photo Contest Awards Ceremony.
- Thursday, September 6 — Kick off