December 8, 2019

The Looff: East Providence Arts Festival


Saturday, August 10th, 11am-6pm

Crescent Park 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI 02915

Free admission

Free parking, with shuttle service from Oldham School

Contact: Rick Lawson, Festival Director,

The Looff is back for its fifth year, and this year is shaping-up to be the best one yet. A new, dynamic layout, interactive artists, and a food court await this year’s patrons. In an effort to embrace and embody their values, the Looff Festival Committee designed a new layout where all artists, artisans, makers, authors, and community partners will be arranged along the Crescent Park walking paths, so no one will go unnoticed. The Lower Field will feature a new food court and tented area for patrons to cool-down (or escape the possible shower) and enjoy some of the local musical talent.

More Participants
This year’s Looff will have 110 artists, artisans, makers, authors, and community partners participating. Nationally recognized and award-winning graffiti artist Paul Morse will be creating some of his artwork live at the Looff this year. Artists Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon and Brandt Valcourt will be creating new works live at the Looff as well. Paul Olson will be at the Looff doing a live ceramics demonstration.

More Days of Festivities
We’re excited to announce that the 2019 Looff will be a three day arts festival with the welcome addition of Burbage Theatre Company performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on Friday and Sunday. (Note: Friday and Sunday will feature theatre presentations only; artists, artisans, makers, and authors will be at the Looff on Saturday only.)

More Live Acts
Live musical performances include RI Music Hall of Fame inductee Neal & the Vipers, Scarlett, and the Supermags. Talented young actors from the EP Mohawks Theatre will also be performing. Holly and the Sacred Flame belly dancers will be returning to the Looff this year, along with the ever-popular Big Nazo puppets. Providence Folk Festival musicians will be at the Looff to give patrons a sneak peak of what the Providence Folk Festival will look and sound like this year now that it has moved to Crescent Park. Storyteller Mark Kohler and Circus Artist Marvin Novogrodski will be returning to the Looff again this year as well.

More Great Food
We’re especially excited to have Union Burritos debuting at the Looff this year. (Union Burrito is brought to you by the fine folks from Proud Mary’s Donuts.) Proud Mary’s Donuts and Borealis Coffee will be at the Looff this year providing fresh and delicious donuts and coffee. Haven Brothers and Friskie Fries will be dishing-up some serious comfort food while Mariska's Confections will be joining us with some delicious homemade desserts.

More Sponsors
The Looff wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors. This year’s sponsors include the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Motif Magazine, the East Providence Post, the East Providence Reporter, Printmakers, Inc., HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery, the Gordon School, the East Bay Ice Company, Stevie D’s Riverside Tavern, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Credit Union, Washington Trust, Tirrell Realty, Iolabs, Igus, the Rhode Island Philharmonic School, and the City of East Providence. We have a few more sponsorships in the works and will post them as they come to fruition.

Event Date
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Event time
12:00 AM
Cost / donation
Free admission
Rick Lawson,
Festival Director,


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