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 2020 festival will take place on Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2020.

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?

The festival is held in a city park, and there is not a parking lot available for the festival because of our waterfront location downtown. There is limited street parking available around the park, under the I195 bridge, on South Water Street, and off of Wickenden Street.  We do recommend taking public transportation or Uber/Lyft, especially if you’re staying at a hotel in town.

We have made several appeals since 2011 for the City of Providence to open more local parking lots, but have been unsuccessful. We are continuing to lobby the city in an effort to provide our festival guests with safe off-street parking.

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

Providence offers a range of accommodation for people, no matter the budget.

India Point Park is close to Providence’s city center, so any downtown hotel will be within range.

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

Tickets will soon be available at a discount rate when purchased in advance. On the weekend of the festival, admission is $15 for adults, with free entry for children under 12 years of age.

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 in advance online until the week of the event at a discounted rate. Once advance ticket sales have ended, you can purchase them at the gate on the day of the festival (subject to sell-out).

What bands are playing this year?

We’re in the process of signing bands to play the 2020 BBQ & Blues Festival. Here’s who we had on stage in 2019!

Is seafood the only food available?

Nope! While many of Rhode Island’s best barbecue restaurants will be in attendance, we also play host to several non-BBQ options. There’s something for everyone! Check back closer to the date for a full menu.

How do I secure a space for my business?

We will be accepting applications in the new year. Check back in early 2020.

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 Rhode Island Seafood 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.

Credit and debit cards are accepted at the entrance gates.


Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the festival, or in advance online closer to the event. Purchasing online gives you the opportunity for some great multi-ticket deals!

Do I need to print my tickets?

No, we can scan them from your phone. We recommend taking a screenshot as soon as you receive them.

I'm coming with friends. Do the tickets need to be in my name?

No. As long as nobody else has had them scanned for at the entry gate, it doesn't matter whose name is on them.

Can I change my ticket from one date to another?

No. All ticket sales are final.

If I don't attend the festival, can I have a refund?

No. All ticket sales are final.

What if it rains?

Grand Festivals events are rain-or-shine. No matter the weather, the event is on.

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.