This Weekend: PVD Fest, Day of Portugal Festival & Partial WaterFire Lighting

The annual PVD Fest is happening this weekend from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th. Friday evening from 8:20 to 10:00pm, WaterFire Providence will also be hosting a partial lighting ceremony, partially supported by Brown University.

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Providence is hosting its 45th Annual Day of Portugal Festival this weekend as well, with events from June 10th to 12th, including a special WaterFire Torch Procession at 8:30pm on Sunday, located at the BankNewport City Center. Celebrate Providence this weekend by taking in all of its talent, culture, small businesses and local artists at these free events!

PVD Festival spans all weekend but make sure to stop City Hall Stage located at 25 Dorrance Street on Friday to see the performances listed below:

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Kick off PVD Fest by coming to see Providence’s favorite creatures give an out of this world performance. Don’t miss Big NAZO Intergalactic Creature Band performing from 5-5:30pm.

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Later, from 6:00-7:30pm, watch gifted jazz trumpeter and vocalist Kermit Ruffins perform music inspired by his hometown of New Orleans.

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End the night with a performance by the Rebirth Brass Band from 8:00-9:30pm. This Grammy winning group combines elements of jazz, funk, R&B and soul, creating a sound that pays homage to the musical traditions of New Orleans.

Photo by Laura Paton

To get the full Providence experience, conclude your evening with the warm glow of the burning fire. Stop by the Waterplace Park Basin between 8:20 and 10:00pm to see Friday’s partial WaterFire lighting to settle down after a night of exciting performances.

Visit PVD Fest ( to view the full weekend lineup and learn more about the featured performers and other festival offerings!

Videography Intern at WaterFire Providence.

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