2nd annual PVD fest returns Thursday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of people are expected to descend on the capital city this week for the 2nd annual PVD fest.

The June event expects to bring a big boost to the state, with live music and entertainment.

“Most people think when they think tourism in Rhode Island in the summer that you have our beautiful beaches, but actually both Providence and Warwick are very busy,” said Kristen Adamo, of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.

PVD fest kicks off on Thursday, June 2 and will run throughout the weekend.

Not long after, on June 10, The USA Gymnastic Championships will be at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Meanwhile, the next week is followed by the 40th anniversary of Pride in Warwick.

“When you add all that stuff together it makes for a busy and lucrative month here in Providence and Warwick,” said Adamo.

Adamo says the influx of people for these big events will mean more business for local restaurants, shops and hotels.

“You’ll get more people who want to come and not just come for a night, but make a weekend out of it,” she said.

Adamo says they already have 5,000 hotel rooms blocked off for the teams competing in the gymnastic championships.

The state, trying to put the “Cooler and Warmer” tourism debacle behind them, with events like these, which are important not just for the greater Providence area, but for the entire state.

“When visitors come, they come from states like Texas or Colorado where you drive hours without even thinking about it,” said Adamo, “so really when we’re marketing events in Providence, we’re really marketing the entire state.”

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