Rhode Island BBQ Blues Festival

Come kick off summer with the best BBQ & Blues that the Ocean State has to offer on Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2018.

About The Festival

Everything you need to know

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 2019 festival will take place on Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23, 2019.

What time is the festival?

The festival is open from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

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 been working with the City of Providence and the RIDOT on more options for parking since Downtown has limited areas. 

While there is handicap parking available, it is also limited so unfortunately we cannot accommodate everyone.

I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?

Providence offers a range of accommodation for people, no matter the budget. Any hotel downtown is anywhere from walking distance to a short cab ride away. The Hilton Garden Inn is directly across from the festival grounds.

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

Admission for the 2019 event is $15 per person. Children 12 and under enter for free.

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 for $15 per person. Advance online purchases have now ended.

What bands are playing this year?

Check our Entertainment page for more info!

Is barbecue the only food available?

Nope! While many of Rhode Island’s best barbecue restaurants will be in attendance, we also play host to several other options. There’s something for everyone!

How do I secure a space for my business?

Sponsorship and vendor details for the 2019 event will be available soon.

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 India Point BBQ & Blues 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.

Ticket Sales day of are cash only.

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

Get in touch via our Contact page.

Brought to you by Grand Festivals, the people who bring you the Rhode Island Seafood Festival and the Rhode Island Music & Arts Festival.