RI Heritage Day Festival scheduled for September

40th Annual RI Heritage Day Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017 

State House Lawn, Corner of Gaspee & Francis St, Providence, RI  
Noon to 5:30pm
Rain date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Admission to this family event is FREE

Rhode Islanders of all ages are invited to join us for the 40th celebration of RI’s diverse culture.  The State House Lawn will be filled with booths from countries such as Argentina, India, Haiti, Bolivia, Sweden, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Colombia and others will showcase their culture, thru demonstrations, displays, music, and dance. 

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission partners with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and Welcoming Rhode Island, a program of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) to celebrate peace, diversity and the rich ethnic cultures in the state of Rhode Island.

The booths will have cultural exhibits and display craft demonstrations from all over the world. The food court will have traditional foods and drinks. The children’s area will have The Peace Flag Project, face painting and arts and crafts. 

A parade of international flags representing over 30 countries will start off the day. Dancers and musicians from 15 plus countries will perform Saturday afternoon.  Kobi Dennis of Unified Solutions and Angela Sharkey will be the MC’s.  
Unclaimed Property from the office of the General Treasure, RI Women’s Cancer Screening and Youth Action Council from RI Community and Justice will be joining us. We will be celebrating National Welcoming Week (Sept 16-25) and Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15).  

(release from RI Heritage Day Festival)