Big second weekend planned at Pawtucket Arts Festival

Big second weekend planned at Pawtucket Arts Festival

PAWTUCKET - Opening weekend of the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival was a great success, according to organizers, but there's much more on tap this week and the rest of the month.

Taste of the Valley, First Lights, the Dragon Boat Races, the Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival and Pawtucket Open Studios are now past, but festival-goers still have plenty to look forward to.

* On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Gamm Theatre on Exchange St., will start productions of "A Number" and "Far Away," two plays by Caryl Churchill. The plays will run through Sept. 29. There are discounted tickets available for the performances. Times vary. Visit for more.

* This Saturday, Sept. 14, go behind the scenes at TEN31 at the company's new home at 185 Front St., from noon to 4 p.m. TEN31 Productions, a renowned performance art company, is inviting people to Creation Observation, an open studio event featuring an exclusive behind the scenes tour of their workshop. Meet Joe Pari and Eric Auger, the original Waterfire Gargoyles, as they showcase their costumes, makeup and performance techniques.

"Let TEN31's artists inspire your creative side, as they share their skills and tools of the trade," say the owners. Learn how to "make pretend" with a TEN31 makeup artist or movement instructor and see if you have what it takes to be a living art performer. Take a picture with a TEN31 living art character. Free admission.

* On Saturday, Sept. 14, Rocktucket returns to Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fifth Rocktucket, an all-day music event showcasing a dozen local and regional bands "that will make the whole family move and groove" will be held outside 250 Main St. The concert is free with a suggested $5 donation encouraged. Art vendors, food trucks and a cash bar will all be there for this rain or shine event.

* Also on Saturday, Sept. 14, the Central Falls Bright Future Festival will come to Jenks Park in Central Falls, from noon to 7 p.m. This will be the official kickoff event of the Rhode Island Hispanic Heritage Month and "a celebration of community and cultural pride" featuring local musical performers, cultural dance groups, and numerous food vendors displaying "the full range of ethnic and culinary diversity found within the city of Central Falls."

The festival will culminate with ceremonial fireworks and the Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff proclamation by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. Free admission.

The Slater Park Festival headlines the weekend of Sept. 21-22. The weekend, which will celebrate the beauty of the park and art, includes activities at the Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the historic Daggett House.

More than 120 arts and craft vendors are showcased in the juried festival that will also feature an open air market of food trucks, a farmers market, crafts, exhibitions, music and other activities with special performances by the Cowsills at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic "Pops in the Park" on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., sponsored in part by the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance.

Art vendors from throughout New England will join Pawtucket artists at an event that will include local food truck vendors Mijos Tacos, Julien's, Plouff Plouff Gastronomie, Flour Girls, Len's Hot Dog Haven, Spumoni's Restaurant, Uncle Tony's Pizza and Harris Robert's Kettle Korn.

The Pawtucket Arts Festival celebrates a legacy of creativity and innovation that dates back to 1790, when Samuel Slater made the Blackstone River Valley and the city of Pawtucket the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the place where "innovation starts," according to a news release.

For more on the Pawtucket Arts Festival, which runs through Sept. 29, visit .

Modest crowds attended the Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival at Slater Mill Museum on Sunday. The event, part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, offered food, music and vendors to the public. A couple walks around as others browse, sit and eat. (Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth)