Arts Festival returns for second big weekend

Arts Festival returns for second big weekend

PAWTUCKET – After the weather cooperated better than organizers expected for opening weekend of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, particularly for last Saturday’s Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival at Festival Pier, the festival returns this week with plenty more offerings.

Organizers were estimating more than 4,000 people in attendance at the boat races and festival as part of the city’s signature September event. Downtown LIVE, featuring music over on Main Street, and PAF at Payne at Payne Park in Woodlawn, also had strong attendance.

This year’s condensed Pawtucket Arts Festival runs through this Sunday, Sept. 15.

This Thursday, Sept. 12, an arts studio crawl takes place, starting at Mad Dog Café, 65 Blackstone Ave., where a tour guide will take visitors around studios at 80 Fountain St. The tour, running every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m., ends at R.I. Spirits, also at 65 Blackstone Ave.

A grand reopening of the rehabbed Looff Carousel at Slater Park will be held this Friday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Other events take place through Thursday around the city including galleries, interactive crafting, exhibits and live performances. See a full lineup at www.pawtucketartsfestival.org .

This Saturday, Sept. 14, is the Slater Park Fall Festival at Slater Memorial Park, which features an open-air arts marketplace, starting at 11 a.m., with more than 100 crafters and artisans. The festival also features fun, food and entertainment for the whole family, including face painting, crafts and entertainment for the kids.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pawtucket Teachers’ Alliance presents the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual performance with fireworks to follow at dusk, courtesy of Bristol County Savings Bank.

The Fall Festival returns to Slater Park this Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Pawtucket Film Festival, celebrating 20 years, will host a special outdoor presentation of Buster Keaton’s silent classic “Steamboat Bill Junior,” performed with silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis, in Slater Park on Sept. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.