So the Providence International Arts Festival is this weekend, and if you are nearby or up for a bus, train, or drive, you should check it out!
In my experience (Chicago) urban arts festivals are a mediocre assortment of street vendors selling things carved from wood and carts selling chewy chicken satay skewers. Not something I would leave the house for. BUT, I think this one is a whole different thing. Really amazing murals and street art have been going up all over downtown. I think this thing is legit! This fish mural (made of tape) isn't the most impressive art, but I was totally impressed because it went up suddenly on a corporate building. There are going to be performances and a parade at 5:00 downtown on Saturday. I plan to attend with LB-and it best not rain. Let me know if you're coming to town, maybe we can meet up!
Check out the schedule here: http://first-works.org/events/pvdfest/