R.I.'s 46th Annual Heritage Festival

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Rhode Island's 46th Annual Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2024

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 extraordinary festival unites the cultural richness and creative expressions of Rhode Islanders. Explore cultural exhibits, witness visual art, and engage with craft demonstrations showcasing traditions from around the globe. Experience the magic as dancers and musicians from different ethnicities grace the stage throughout the day. Indulge in a culinary journey with food trucks offering a delectable array of traditional foods and drinks for purchase. Families can enjoy free face painting, arts, and crafts in the children's area. 

Discover the world right here in Rhode Island – where cultural connections come alive!

Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE.

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

View our event Accessibility Statement.

The 2023 festival was 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, Amica InsuranceCoastal1 Credit Union, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Bird and Navigant Credit Union, for their support.  The 2024 sponsorship info will be coming soon!

RI's 46th 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 Executive Director, Kobi Dennis and Angela Sharkey, Festival Emcees, High Output Providence, 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: 

RI's 46th Heritage Festival Sponsors **To be added soon!**

⭐ Platinum Sponsor


⭐ Gold Sponsor

Amica Insurance


⭐ Silver Sponsor


Supporters  **More to be added soon!**

RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

RI Office of Library & Information Services  

RI State Council on the Arts

Preserve Rhode Island   

Troop 55 Riverside


Food Trucks **More to be added soon!**

Angkor Boba Tea House

Cultro PVD

Eat Village Greek

The Luxe Lemon


Rhode Island’s 46th Heritage Festival Participants **More to be added soon!**

Aftab Dance Group

Ahlyha Nicole Bright

Andean Cultural Center of Rhode Island 

Arte Latino of New England (ALNE)

Azama Dance Group  

Books Are Wings

Cape Verdean Museum

Center for Southeast Asians

Colombia in RI

Colombian American Cultural Society, Inc 

Cultural Society

Dance BFF  

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

Ecuador Cultural Alliance 

Falun Dafa Association of New England   

Fraternidad Folklorica Boliviana 

French American School of Rhode Island

Greater Providence YMCA 

India Association of Rhode Island 

India Museum & Heritage Society

Iranian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island 

Kelley School of Irish Dance  

Lady Elfreda H. Thorpe and Williametta Thorpe 

Medalit Scott representing Peru

Mitad del Mundo representing Ecuador

Na Pua O' Polynesia

Nazeli Armenian Dance Group


Peace Flag Project 

Providence Children’s Museum

Puerto Rican Institute for the Arts and Advocacy, Inc

Quisqueya In Action Folklore Dance 

Retablos Palomino Jiménez

RI Black Heritage Society 

RI Black Storytellers

RI Day of Portugal

RI Office of Attorney General 

RI Office of Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

RI Swedish Heritage Association

Roger Williams Park Zoo  

Sarah Rodriguez dba Crafty Mom Jewelry (Puerto Rican Artwork)

Seoyon Kim 

SGTV Alpenblumen Bavarian Folkdance Group

Tomaquag Museum

Turkish American Cultural Society of Rhode Island 

United Way 211 RV




Check out last year's RI Heritage Festival Program Booklet