About

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 2018 festival will take place on Sept. 8 and 9.

What time is the festival?

Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where can I park?

There is on-street parking and metered parking along India Street and Bridge Street, and the parking lot for the Newport ferry underneath I-195.

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.

Follow this link for a map laying out each one, with room rates for the weekend of the festival.

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

Admission is $5 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 at the gate on the day of the festival, or in advance on our website closer to the event. Buying online gives you the opportunity for some great multi-ticket deals!

What bands are playing this year?

We’ve been lucky enough to have some great homegrown acts in years past, and we’re playing host to just as much great musical talent again in 2017. You can see the full entertainment schedule here.

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 out our full food menu here.

How do I secure a space for my business?

Applications for sponsors and vendors for 2017 are now closed. To secure a space for next year, please email info@riseafoodfest.com.

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.

What if I have a question you haven’t answered here?

Visit our Contact Us page to drop us a line!