The Pawtucket Arts Festival celebrates the City’s creative and cultural life by presenting vibrant arts events throughout the month of September to Pawtucket residents and visitors to the Blackstone River Valley.
We collaborate with local and international producing partners to present dance, music, theatre, film, visual, and folk-traditional arts that evoke the City’s historic legacy and diverse communities. Many of our events are free and for audiences of all ages.
We are thrilled to work alongside our friends and partners to produce the 2019 Festival - which marks our 21st year!
Our participation in the Pawtucket Arts Festival helps raise our profile, helps us feel more connected to our neighbors.
NATE CARROLL, RHD-RI
Schedule of Events
Food, Art, Music, and Community
Arts "Pawtucket Style"
Each year, the Pawtucket Arts Festival features long-time favorites, such as Slater Park Fall Festival, the Pawtucket Teachers' Alliance Pops in the Park performance of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Taiwan Day Festival, the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races, SAM’s Fest, and Mixed Magic Theatre Greatness of Gospel Concerts. These events engage thousands of people in the City’s creative and cultural life.
The 21st annual PAF will feature debut performances and arts encores that honor the festival’s legacy, while charting its future cultural course.
Mark your calendar now for Downtown Rising, a convergence of three music festivals that represent the cultural diversity of our beloved city, Pawtucket. Rocktucket is finally back after a short hiatus and now accompanied by River Bend and Culture Shock to bring Downtown Pawtucket alive..
Downtown Rising will feature a variety of live music, street performers, activities for children, stunt bike exhibition by Circuit BMX, classic cars, food trucks, art vendors and installations, and fun for the whole family. This is a family friendly event aimed at bringing the whole community together to celebrate 21 years of Pawtucket Arts Festival.
VSA Arts in the Park at Slater Park Fall Festival
Chachi and the International players
Collective PVD Skate Park
Ocean State Maker Mill
Artist MAY BABCOCK
"These events bring us all together like no others, connecting us to our roots, our pasts, and our futures, and we are deeply grateful for opportunities to meet and be together with people of such beautiful diversity. Well done, PAF!"
AUBREY ATWATER, FROM ATWATER-DONNELLY
For the past 21 years, the Pawtucket Arts Festival has celebrated and presented the amazing talent of our arts community.
Our continuous aim is to ensure a place for the arts in the Pawtucket of tomorrow. Because the arts are essential to vibrant lives, the 2019 Pawtucket Arts Festival will focus on education and public engagement that will amplify our impact and make the arts even more valued, more visible, and more deeply embedded in our communities and in our City.