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August 26th - September 25th



Pawtucket Arts Festival Mission Statement

The Pawtucket Arts Festival celebrates creative and cultural life in the City of Pawtucket,Rhode Island, by presenting vibrant arts events during the month of September for resident audiences and  for visitors to the City and the Blackstone River Valley. PAF  will produce and collaborate with producing partners to present dance, music, theatre, film, visual arts & design, as well as folk-traditional and other arts that evoke the City’s historic legacy, that present creative and cultural communities of today, and that ensure the place of the arts in the Pawtucket of tomorrow.


CHAIR - John Baxter

VICE CHAIR - Richmond Watrous

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Mary Lee Partington


BOARD MEMBER - Lori-Ann Gagne

BOARD MEMBER - Travis Auty

BOARD MEMBER - Sandra Cano


PAF Pawtucket Arts Festival is Pawtucket’s Indoor & Outdoor Arts and Entertainment Tradition, offering a diverse collection of art, food, entertainment, and featuring over 100 artist vendors each week. These artists are sole-proprietors and/or small business owners who create and sell their own hand-made masterpieces.

Click the links below to request vendor space for the 2016 Slater Park Fall Festival. Thank you for your participation.

Slater Park Fall Festival FOOD VENDOR Form

Slater Park Fall Festival ARTISAN & CRAFTER Space Form


The City of Pawtucket is proud to announce the availability of the Arts Review Panel grants for 2016 year! In keeping with the same format we used last year, we are asking that all applicants target their project to be held during the Pawtucket Arts Festival (August – September). Since we want to make the month of September as special and celebratory of the arts in our city as possible, we are asking for applicants to submit projects or performances that help to enhance the festival’s presence.

The completed application is due back to the Pawtucket Planning Department, 137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860, by Friday March 18th, 2016. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 728-0500, ext. 450. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your project ideas!

Downloadable Application

DONATE: Thank You For Your Support

PAF depends on you and on your donation or purchase to build an arts festival that honors the full legacy of Pawtucket as the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the home of creative evolution in America.  Slater Park Fall Fest & the RI Philharmonic Pops in the Park, The Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival, Art Marketplace Pawtucket, and The Pawtucket Film Festival are only a few of dozens of events that set the PAF stage throughout the City every September.  Your generosity keeps the “curtain up” on music, literature, dance, theatre and more in a community that begins with the Blackstone and extends a welcome to the world and work of the arts.  Thank you for your support—the spotlight is on YOU!

Donate Here


Contact Info

137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket RI 02860

Phone: 401-728-0500 x 430

Email: info@pawtucketartsfestival.org


Three Pawtucket Arts Festival Poster Artists
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm
On exhibit in Gallery 175, from August 21 to October 29, 2016, is the work of three Pawtucket artists who have created posters in past years for the Pawtucket Arts Festival.  The artist posters are sold as collectors' items to support the festival. Morris Nathanson, who created a whimsical poster for the 2007 festival, is[...]

Blackstone River Revival – Taste of the Valley @ Main St 
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Pawtucket Arts Festival begins with the 18th Annual Taste of the Valley and Blackstone River Party. Join us for an evening of delicious restaurant food samplings, live music, dance, and refreshments under the tent on the grounds of Slater Mill. One of the Blackstone Valley region's most anticipated events, the Taste of the Valley[...]

Pawtucket Irish Music Festival
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Traditional Irish Music Festival and 5K Road Race! Irish bands from New England will perform throughout the day bringing some of the best traditional Irish Music to our stage.  This grand event kicks off with the Irish Music Festival 5k road race at 10 am and continues all day and into the night ending at[...]

Slater's Art & Manufacture Festival (S.A.M. FEST) @ Slater Mill 
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm
S.A.M. FEST is Slater Mill's annual summer festival celebrating the innovative spirit of arts and architecture, manufacture, and creative enterprise of all kinds, at iconic Slater Mill, the place "where innovation starts." The Festival benefits the Rhode Island community with two days of free concerts, a makers market, and much more! S.A.M. showcases art and[...]

Slater's Art & Manufacture Film (S.A.M. FILM) @ Slater Mill 
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Slater Mill's outdoor screening of two beloved films: • 7:40 p.m. "Moonrise Kingdom" • 9:40 p.m. "Labyrinth" David Bowie

Pawtucket Festival Poster Artists Exhibition @ Gallery 175 - Visitors Center 
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Three artists who have designed posters for the Pawtucket Arts Festival in previous years will be exhibition art work in Gallery 175.  The public is invited to view the artwork and meet and chat with the artists at a reception on Sunday, August 28 from 1 – 3 pm.  The three artists are: Morris Nathanson,[...]

Taiwan Day – Dragon Boat Races @ Festival Pier 
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Since 2000, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has presented Rhode Island's Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival. Come for an action-packed day of Taiwan-style dragon boat races featuring both professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic performances and activities. Register a team for a chance to win 20 round-trip tickets[...]

Mixed Magic Theatre Exult Choir Presents Trumpets and Thunder @ Mixed Magic Theatre 
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm
Trumpets and Thunder is the 10th Annual Greatness of Gospel Event presented by the Mixed Magic Theatre Exult Choir. Under the direction of Kimberly Morrison Pitts-Wiley, this year's event will feature a collection of traditional and contemporary gospel classics (The Trumpets), with a few surprises, and several inspirational semon/poems that address issues of faith, humanity[...]

Rhode Island Watercolor Society Plein Air Painting
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm
Learn more about the Plein Air painting process as several of our talented members paint local scenes in Slater Memorial Park. This event is free to attend, and a wonderful opportunity to interact with artists as they create their work. During the daytime of September 9th and 10th, RIWS will have a Plein Air Painting[...]

Rhode Island Watercolor Society Try Watercolor Table
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Try watercolor! Create a unique work of art for free, and learn more about the wonderful medium of watercolor! Open to children and adults of all ages. In keeping with the spirit of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, RIWS will have a watercolor project table set up just outside the gallery, so that children and adults[...]

Slater Park Fall Festival @ Slater Park 
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm
SLATER PARK FALL FESTIVAL The 18th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents the "Slater Park Fall Festival" which is a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park and art – and includes activities in the new Pavilion, at the Loof Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the historic Daggett House. Over 85 arts &[...]

VSA Arts In The Park
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join artists from VSA arts Rhode Island for some hand-on fun! We'll have all kinds of art making materials so come help us make a collaborative sculpture during the festival day that will represent all the diversity and cultures that make Pawtucket great. Festival goers of all ages and abilities welcome!

RI Philharmonic "Pops in the Park" @ Slater Park 
Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Act: Duke Robillard Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community. RI Philharmonic "Pops[...]

Aurea Presents Where Everything is Music @ Slater Mill 
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm
Where Everything is Music, taken from Coleman Barks' Rumi translation of the same name, underscores the ineffable connection between words, music, humanity and nature, weaving readings, chamber music, and harmonica improvisations of Chris Turner. An excellent introduction to contemporary poetry, this charming and audience-friendly program includes poetry and translations with strong musical connotations, paired with[...]

Rhode Island Watercolor Society Open Juried Show "The Art of Play"
Sep 17 – Oct 20 all-day 
During the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society has an Open Juried Exhibition "The Art of Play." Submission to this show is open to all New England artists for a small fee. There will be $250 in cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third place winners. These winners will be juried[...]

Creative Movement Workshops with Metamorphosis Dance Company
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Take a moment out of your day to explore your creativity and get in touch with your imagination.  These movement workshops are designed to engage the community and allow for people to learn how to build and create together through movement.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  You do not have to consider yourself[...]

Big Ink
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
BIG INK will be partnering with XOS Exchange Street Open Studios for an outdoor event that fosters appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. On September 17th,  BIG INK will bring a 48" x 96" mobile printmaking press to XOS. The press will be rolled onto the Exchange Court sidewalk and BIG INK volunteers[...]

XOS Exchange Street Open Studios @ Exchange St. - Armory Arts District 
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm
Thirty-five artists and designers in 3 renovated mill buildings in the Armory Arts District of Pawtucket, RI will open their studios and lofts to visitors from 11 am to 5 pm on September 17 and 18, 2016. Organized annually since 2012, XOS showcases a wide array of artwork including paintings, sculpture, fine prints, photography, fine[...]

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Guided Tour @ Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Museum 
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm
A One Hour Guided Tour of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Museum. Enjoy 200 years of Rhode Island's rich and diverse musical heritage with RIMHOF Archivist Rick Bellaire. Enjoy a guided tour through the museum's four dozen life-size exhibits spanning two centuries of Rhode Island music history with RIMHOF archivist Rick Bellaire. The[...]

Dignidad from ECAS Theater @ Veterans Amphitheater 
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm
"Dignidad" is an energetic and lively look at the different stages of life as seen from the viewpoint of our youth.  By combining a cast of experienced adult actors with young actors who have trained especially for this presentation,  "Dignidad" dives deep into the experiences that shape our lives and our dreams while maintaining an[...]

Rhode Island Watercolor Society Watercolor Painting Demonstration
Sep 17 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Experience watercolor painting with nationally-awarded artist Bob Noreika. Noreika will be giving a free watercolor demonstration at the Watercolor Society at 4:30pm, September 17th. National award-winner and Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, Bob Noreika, will be giving a painting demonstration in the RIWS gallery. The demonstration is free and open to the public. Demo[...]

Poetry at Park Place featuring Galway Kinnell Contest Winners @ Forget Me Not Art Gallery 
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm
2nd annual Galway Kinnell Contest winners will read their winning poems. Also reading Contest judges Sarah Tourjee, RI Poet Laureate Emeritae, Lisa Starr and Patti McAlpine, Contest coordinator will read her poems of the Blackstone Valley.

The Out There Art Fair: Little Rhody's Only Outsider Art Festival
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
RHD-RI is an arts based non-profit located in downtown Pawtucket that works with artists and musicians with disabilities in order to promote them and their creations and to raise public awareness of their diverse skills and voices. In conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, RHD-RI will be hosting the 2nd Annual Rhode Island Outsider Art[...]

Oktober Fest @ German American Cultural Society 
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm
Join us Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th for the Annual German Oktoberfest. Authentic German Food & Beers plus entertainment both days.

New Life 2016 @ The Samaritans of Rhode Island - Forget-Me-Not Gallery 
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New Life 2016 is a program designed for young people, including the GLBT community, to  learn to express themselves and celebrate life through  the visual and performing arts.  A partnership of The SamaritansRI Forget-Me-Not Gallery, Ten 31 Productions, the Blackstone Valley's own singer/story teller Mary Lee Partington, St. Paul's  Episcopal Church on Park Place as[...]

18th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest @ The Pawtucket Visitor&'s Center 
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
City of Pawtucket Announces 18th Annual Photo ContestPawtucket:  A City in Focus Theme:  "Pawtucket's Color Palette" Deadline for entry:  August 2, 2016   PAWTUCKET — Grab your cameras and compose that picture!  The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 18h Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest.  The twelve winning photos,[...]

17th Annual Pawtucket Film Festival @ The Pawtucket Visitor&'s Center 
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day 
Every show has live music, a short and feature film, as well as a reception where you can meet the artists. Come and experience The PFF!! More details to come.