Rhode Island Seafood Festival FAQ

The Rhode Island Seafood Festival is an annual event which began in 2011 that brings together the best local purveyors of seafood and other fine fare as well as beer, wine and spirits from Ocean State producers.

We feature a full schedule of live music as well as activities that all the family can enjoy.


Where is the festival?

At the beautiful India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island, at the foot of the I-195 pedestrian bridge.

When is the festival?

The weekend after Labor Day every year. The 2019 festival will take place on Sept. 7 and 8.

What time is the festival?

Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a rain or shine event.

Where can I park?

The festival is held in a city park, and there is not a parking lot available for the festival because of our waterfront location downtown. There is limited street parking available around the park, under the I195 bridge, on South Water Street, and off of Wickenden Street.  We do recommend taking public transportation or Uber/Lyft, especially if you’re staying at a hotel in town.

We have made several appeals since 2011 for the City of Providence to open more local parking lots, but have been unsuccessful. We are continuing to lobby the city in an effort to provide our festival guests with safe off-street parking.

I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?

Providence offers a range of accommodation for people, no matter the budget.

India Point Park is close to Providence’s city center, so any downtown hotel will be within range.

How much is admission? What is included in the price?

Tickets will soon be available for $5 per day purchased in advance. On the weekend of the festival, admission is $10 for adults, with free entry for children under 12 years of age.

The ticket price includes entry for one day of the festival, with several hours of live music and entertainment for all ages.

Food is not included in the ticket price, but is for sale separately at various restaurant vendors.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased in advance online until Monday Sept. 2, at a discounted rate. Once advance ticket sales have ended, you can purchase them at the gate on the day of the festival (subject to sell-out).

What bands are playing this year?

We’re in the process of signing bands to play the 2019 Seafood Festival. Check back closer to the date.

Is seafood the only food available?

Nope! While many of Rhode Island’s best seafood restaurants will be in attendance, we also play host to several non-seafood options. There’s something for everyone! Check back closer to the date for a full menu.

How do I secure a space for my business?

We are only accepting applications for seafood vendors at this time. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely! As long as your pooch is on a leash, and you pick up after him or her, man’s best friend is welcome at the Rhode Island Seafood Festival.

Can I bring my own items?

We have chairs and tables for you to eat at, but you can feel free to bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. Due to health and licensing regulations, outside beverages and goods are strictly prohibited.

Is there a vendor for alcoholic beverages?

There certainly is. The drinks tent is run by the festival itself (as opposed to an outside vendor) and provides a range of local beers, wine, spirits and soda, as well as festival merchandise.

Is it a cash-only event?

Many vendors accept credit and debit cards, but that is up to each vendor.

There is an ATM on-site for cash withdrawals throughout the weekend. As the ATM is operated by a third party, withdrawal fees apply.

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