While you may not have heard of it by name, you’ve definitely seen the workings of Festival Fete around Rhode Island. From Thayer Street in Providence, to Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, the bi-annual Art Fest is a two day event that gives local artisans a platform to exhibit their work. This year, the third annual festival will be held on Bowen’s Wharf on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th from 10am until 6pm.

Since 2012, Festival Fete has been owned and operated by the hands of Pilar Colliflower, a lover of all things ‘crafty’. Often times, when you see Pilar she will be adorned with some sort of artistic and unique accessory: earrings hand made from sea glass, or a bracelet created from embossed leather. 
It’s no surprise that most of the items she wears are made by the vendors that are featured at Art Fest.

The goal of Art Fest is to support local artists, without them having to carry the overhead of a brick and mortar business. While the company is still young, the growth of Festival Fete is evident and the opportunities for larger, or even long term, festivals are in the near future. Pilar has a mailing list of over 10,000 vendors, and as more artists emerge, the list continues to grow. Whether it is yogic inspired jewelry by OMstack, or home furnishings made from up cycled license plates, there is sure to be something that you will fall in love with.

Can’t make it this weekend? Mark your calendar for September 25th where Festival Fete will be having an even larger show on Thayer Street in Providence. Featuring live entertainment, craft tents for kids, and a group that Pilar defines as “dancing aliens” (called Big Nazo, this phenomenon is new to me but I highly suggest searching them on the web, I am kind of obsessed).

Don’t forget to support your neighbors by showing local this summer, and keep an eye on Festival Fete’s Facebook page for updates on upcoming shows, or information on how to win ‘festival bucks’. See you on the Wharf!

Jillian Tullgren

Jillian Tullgren is the Lifestyle Editor of What'sUpNewp. She enjoys a quality cup of properly steeped green tea and only writes in a black Moleskin. Follow her on Instagram @gypseachild.