R.I.'s 45th Annual Heritage Festival


Rhode Island's 45th Annual Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2023

WaterFire Arts Center
475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908
12:00 to 5:00 pm

"Explore the world through art and music!"

Join in a lively celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage! WaterFire Arts Center will be filled with culture, music, and dancing from around the world.

This unique festival bridges Rhode Islanders’ cultures and expressions of creative talent. Rhode Island heritage groups will present cultural exhibits, visual art, and craft demonstrations from all over the world. There will be food trucks offering an array of traditional foods and drinks. The children’s area will have free face painting, arts, and crafts.

The day begins with a parade of international flags from over 30 countries. Throughout the day dancers and musicians from various heritages will perform. 

Admission to this family event is FREE.

Please contact Donna Alqassar (401)222-4133 for details.

View our event Accessibility Statement.

This festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  We would also like to thank our sponsors, United Way of RI, Neighborhood Health Plan RI, and Coastal1 for their support. 

RI's 44th Heritage Festival Participants List

The Rhode Island Heritage Festival is coordinated by Donna Alqassar, RI Heritage Commission Coordinator, in conjunction with the support of Jeffrey Emidy, RIHPHC Interim Executive Director, Kobi Dennis and Angela Sharkey, Festival Emcees, High Output Rhode Island, Luminous Creative Agency, and WaterFire Arts Center.  

The RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission would like to thank the following sponsors, people, and groups for their help and support: 


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts  

Coastal1 Credit Union 

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island  

United Way of Rhode Island  


Governor Daniel J. McKee 

RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

RI Office of Library & Information Services  

Preserve Rhode Island   

Rhode Island’s 45th Heritage Festival Participants **More to be added soon!**

Aftab Dance Group

Arte Latino of New England  

Azama Dance Group  

Center for Southeast Asians 

Coyote Brass 88th Army Band  

Dance BFF  

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

Ecuador Cultural Alliance 

Falun Dafa Association of New England  

Greater Providence YMCA 

India Association of Rhode Island 

Iranian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island

Kelley School of Irish Dance  

Korean American Association of Rhode Island 

Lady Elfreda H. Thorpe and Williametta Thorpe 

Mohitosh Talukder Taposh  

National Park Service


Quisqueya In Action Folklore Dance

RI Office of Attorney General 

RI Office of Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Roger Williams Park Zoo 

Sarah Rodriguez

Seoyon Kim

Tatyana Owensby