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Last Minute Holiday Shopping at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

20 Dec

It’s not too late to get in some last minute holiday shopping this weekend at Festival Fete‘s Holiday Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. There is plenty of parking, entertainment and crafts for the kids and unique, handmade fine art and crafts. $5 suggested donation at the door with proceeds supporting the local non-profit, Art is Smart. We’ll be open from 10am to 6pm and we hope to see you Sunday!

Here’s a sneak peek…

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Many thanks to:


Holiday Market Entertainment!

25 Nov

We love to provide interesting and fun entertainment for our guests at Festival Fete Holiday Markets. It makes the day shopping for unique, locally hand made goods well…entertaining!

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We will have some returning performers such as Amy the Mime (only this time as an elf!) along with Santa Claus, as well as Lizzie James and the Greystone Rail, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Smashing Photo Booth. But also some newer folks like Dance Expressions, belly dancers and choral singers.


Be sure to check in with us at the information booth when you arrive for detailed show times. And please tell us, what’s your favorite festival entertainment?


Many thanks to our sponsor:

Natural Awakenings

Festival Fete 2013 Holiday Market Artists!

12 Nov

We are about three weeks away from the first Festival Fete 2013 Holiday Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI! Take a peek at some of the wonderful talent that will be at the show.

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All of the artisans and crafters that participate in a Festival Fete show are juried for admission so you will find an excellent variety of products at very high quality. Most of our vendors are local, some from other parts of New England so you can feel good about supporting small, local businesses!


Admission to the festival is $5 per person with proceeds benefiting the non-profit, Art is Smart. Children under 12 years old are free, and there will be visits with Santa, FREE gift wrapping, a Children’s Creation Station, festive food and strolling merriment! So mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8th, 15th and 22nd from 10am to 5pm to do your holiday shopping!


Many thanks to our sponsor and host for this year’s event:

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Art Events in RI This Weekend & a BIG Thank You!

6 Dec
Art is Smart Creation Station

Art is Smart Creation Station

Last weekend’s Festival Fete Holiday Market was an incredible success and a whole lot of fun!

Community Sculpture with Lisa May Tobin, Annan & Malen's Chocolate Surprise, Art is Smart, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Creation Station

Noelle in the Community Sculpture chair, crowds lined up, Annan & Malen’s Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Lisa May Tobin, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Liam and Rylie enjoying the Creation Station

We are so thankful for all of the great folks that came out to enjoy the event and support the arts, as well as the super talented artisan vendors and performers, the sponsors, Festival Fete friends, family and staff. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Garden City Center and Whole Foods Market Cranston for all of their support.

Save the date! The next Festival Fete will be the Garden City Art Festival June 8-9, 2013. We are now accepting applications for Artists and food vendors for all 2013 shows. Please visit for more details and an application.

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Now on to this weekend…

The always sophisticated and well-run RISD Alumni Art Sale is this weekend at the Providence Convention Center. All artists participating in the sales are RISD alumni or current RISD students selling original work including prints, photographs, apparel, ceramics, glass, textiles, and more!

Please contact with any questions.

RISD Holiday Art SaleSat 10-5

RISD Holiday Art Sale
Sat 10-5

If you’re looking for more “Artful ways to shop” locally and in the smaller towns of RI, SoRhode Island online features a nice article that describes some venues south of Providence to explore. The Craftland show on Westminster Street in Providence continues this weekend until 12/24. I think I may check out the East Greenwich Library “Winter’s Eve” for a juried art exhibit and concert by The Hummingbird Trio. The event takes place tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm and it’s free. This is such a great time of year for socializing and shopping in festive venues – the options are endless! Please share with us what events you will discover this weekend by commenting below.

Have a super weekend!

– Danielle

Fantabulous (Local) Artists at the Holiday Market!

30 Nov

Here it is – the wonderful line-up of artisans, crafts people, specialty food vendors, young (student) artists, and sponsors all put together in one magical place to make your holiday shopping experience fun! After months of planning, Festival Fete’s Holiday Market is almost ready to open the doors and welcome you in! Make sure to pick up a playbill when you arrive and look for all the fun things to do – a scavenger hunt, penny social, delicious treats and free gift wrap!

Whole Foods Market in Garden City will be there selling Christmas trees to benefit Art is Smart and they will also be inside offering lunch goodies too! Here is the an updated menu:

  • Sausage and peppers/Veggie sausage and peppers
    Hot dog/Veggie hot dog
    Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chips, Soda and Chocolate Chip Cookies…yum!

See you there! – Danielle

Many Thanks to our sponsor: MOO.COM

Art Events in RI this Weekend – I’ve got a great one for you!

29 Nov

Well of course it goes without saying that the first one on my list is going to be…

December 1st & 2nd from 10am – 5pm

December 1st & 2nd from 10am – 5pm daily
Garden City Center (former Borders Bookstore space)
100 Midway Road, Cranston
Plenty of free parking
$3 suggested donation/admission to support Art is Smart, children under 12 free

From November 29th – December 9th

Opening reception: Thursday Nov. 29th from 5-9pm

Hours vary by day so check their website before you go.
The Pawtucket Armory
Center for the Arts

172 Exchange Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Opening Reception tonight – Thurs. 11/29 6-8 pm

We hope to see you at Holiday Market this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm daily in the former Borders Bookstore space, Garden City Center, Cranston. Many thanks to all of our sponsors including Wachusett Mountain.

It’s a Wonderful Life! Said the festival goers…

28 Nov

This is the holiday shopping experience we dream of…cheerful faces, creative eye candy everywhere you look, holiday songs and food…folks of all ages being entertained (while inside your head you’re debating whether to buy that really cool item that would look so great in your window but really you should be buying presents for your family…)  Yes, it’s truly happening this weekend at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City Center.

There’s so much fun to be had at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. So join us in the merriment!

Many thanks to one of our sponsors, Smashing Booth! Be sure to visit their photo booth at the festival near the Children’s Area.