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RI VegFest 2023

RI VegFest, Rhode Island's first ever fully vegan festival, returns to WaterFire Arts Center (Providence, RI) on February 4&5, 2023!

When and where

Date and time

Location

The WaterFire Arts Center 475 Valley Street Providence, RI 02908

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 1 day 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

RI VegFest is Rhode Island's first ever vegan festival, held annually in Providence. Hosted by a vegan of 24+ years, we're committed to creating a fun, compassionate, kind, and welcoming space for all, whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply plant curious. Our goal is to support vegan/vegan-friendly businesses and make vegan options more accessible to our community, while having fun, meeting new people, and trying new things.

We hope you can join us for our 3rd Annual exhibition of 85+ vendors, non-profit organizations, restaurants, artists, retailers, and more on February 4 & 5, 2023. 12:00-5:00 pm, with VIP early entry tickets available for 11:00 am entry.

Event FAQs:

WHAT TO EXPECT:

RI VegFest is a fun and educational fully vegan indoor event featuring restaurants, vegan artists, makers, food producers, non-profits, and more. When selecting vendors, we prioritize businesses owned by vegans and restaurants that are fully vegan or who have shown commitment to the vegan community by consistently offering vegan options. Restaurants will have full meals for sale, and some may offer samples. Our bar will be fully stocked with beer and special vegan cocktails made by Trinity Beer Garden, using local and regional spirits.

TICKETS:

Tickets to this event are non-refundable, but you can transfer them to a friend if you are unable to attend. Log into your Eventbrite account do to this, or simply forward your tickets to another person via email. Screenshots work, too - so long as we can see the QR code at check-in. Please note that this event has several entry times over the weekend, and that your ticket is good for entry at a specific time. We cannot allow you to enter *earlier* than your ticket entry time, but you are welcome to enter *later* than your ticket time. Early entry VIP tickets (Very Important Planteaters) allow you to enter an hour before General Admission opens, and they come with a tote bag full of coupons and giveaways from local and national vegan friendly brands.

WEATHER:

This event is held indoors and will take place rain or shine. There may be a short wait to get in, which we will work through quickly, but plan to be outside for a bit and dress accordingly just in case!

DRINKING:

Bring your ID if you plan on having delicious vegan cocktails and beer at our bar! Coffee and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, too. We recommend bringing your reusable water bottle, as the venue has several water bottle filling stations.

PETS:

We love our rescue pugs, but this event is not pet friendly, per the Department of Health. There's a lot of food, and the event gets too busy for our furry friends to be here with us. Please leave your pets at home. This includes pets in carriers, strollers, and bags.

KIDS:

This event is, as always, family friendly! Children under 4 are welcome to attend at no cost, but anyone 4 years old and older requires a ticket for entry. Strollers are welcome, but please be careful of our vendors and other attendees, as this event does get busy.

OMG, A BOOK SWAP!

Bring your gently used books (vegan cookbooks, fiction, non-fiction, whatever you like!) to the event and swap them at our book swap table. At the end of the event, we will donate whatever isn't claimed. Please, no bibles, dictionaries, encyclopedias, or text books.

ACCESSIBILITY:

The WaterFire Arts Center and this event are accessible to those with mobility aids, though the event does get busy. If you use a mobility aid, please look for our security guard outside so that he can direct you to enter the venue and wait in a reserved seating area.

PARKING:

Parking is free and plentiful in the WaterFire Arts Center on-site parking lot. There are many handicap parking spots available.

SHOPPING:

We recommend bringing your reusable tote bag! Most vendors will accept cash, cards, and cash app payments, but please be aware that there is no ATM on site.

RI VegFest reserves the right to implement a mask requirement for this event and we will make that determination as the date approaches. This event has multiple entry times over two days to accommodate as many guests as possible while maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment. In the event that RI VegFest 2023 needs to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 or another reason, tickets will not be refunded and will be valid for a rescheduled date in the future.

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