Announcing the 2017 PAF Line-Up!

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Here’s a sneak peek of what’s happening at this year’s Festival.

The Pawtucket Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the schedule of events and performers for the 19th annual festival happening this September. This month long celebration of arts and culture will feature a variety of performances, workshops, poetry, dance, film, theatre, exhibits, and public art throughout the city. 

The Pawtucket Arts Festival runs from August 27th through the end of September. The Festival’s official kick-off fundraising event, Curtain Up, is happening September 8th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the REVEL Factory. Curtain Up will be a night of celebration and jazzy delight!  Created in partnership with TEN31 Productions, Curtain Up will feature TEN31 Productions living statues as well as vignette performances by Sidy Maiga, Ken Lyon, Sheila Falls Keohane, Burbage Theatre Company, and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School Jazz Band.  We can’t wait to see you there! To purchase tickets, please visit our website,

The Pawtucket Arts Festival will also feature long-time favorites, such as the Taiwan Day Festival, the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races, Slater Park Fall Festival, Pops in the Park, S.A.M. Fest, and Mixed Magic Theatre Greatness of Gospel Concert. New additions include the RHD-RI Out There Art Fair, JMW Family Arts Day, and the PawSox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival. All Festival events are listed on our website! Learn more at

The Slater Park Fall Festival is a free, two-day celebration, of Pawtucket’s many arts and cultures happening September 9th and 10th. The event includes music and dance performances from local and regional acts, the RI Philharmonic ‘Pops in the Park’ performance followed by fireworks,  an ‘open air’ arts market of over 100 artisans and crafters, food trucks, public art, and family fun activities in Pawtucket’s historical Slater Park. This year, the Pawtucket Arts Festival has invited China’s Yang Wei of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, along with Ed Sweeney, a stellar American banjoist, to perform and serve as the Festival’s Arts Ambassadors. Bring your friends and family and enjoy this terrific event with us!

To help get you there, the Pawtucket Arts Festival and The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will offer shuttle service to Slater Park Fall Festival on September 9 and 10 and the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races on September 9 from various locations around the city. Hop on one of Slater Park Fall Fest – Taiwan Day shuttles and join the fun! Learn more about the day’s schedule of events at

We can’t wait to see you there! 

Slater Park Fall Festival performances include:


  • Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Johnny Watson Jr Blues Band
  • Greg Abate Jazz Quartet 
  • Arc Iris
  • Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding
  • Chachi Carvalho 
  • Cowboy and Lady 
  • Ian Fitzgerald
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • Eastern Medicine Singers 
  • Magnolia
  • Czesare Santana
  • The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance
  • Kim Trusty
  • Becky Bass
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts
  • VSA Arts RI
  • Pawtucket Preservation Society Tours of Historic Slater Park

The Pawtucket Arts Festival full schedule of events includes:


  • S.A.M. Fest
  • Pawtucket Arts Festival Poster Artist Exhibition
  • Mixed Magic Theatre ‘Colorways’
  • Pawtucket Restaurant Week
  • Curtain Up
  • Slater Park Fall Festival
  • RI Music Hall of Fame Tours
  • RIWS ‘Art in Autumn’ Show Opening
  • Revel Factory Expressive Arts Tapestry
  • Pops in the Park
  • RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival
  • Aurea ‘Of Nature Composed’ at Slater Mill
  • Family Arts Day at Jacqueline M Walsh School for the Performing Arts
  • PawSox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival
  • The Samaritans of RI Jonathan Edwards Benefit Concert
  • RHD-RI ‘Out There Art Fair’
  • XOS Exchange Street Open Studios
  • Oktoberfest
  • Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest


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