The Providence Flea is an award-winning community market held every Sunday, from May 12 through Sept. 29 (except Sept. 15, on which there is no market due to a road race), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., across from 345 South Water Street in downtown Providence, RI. It's always free with plenty of free, on-street parking.
Here are five reasons you should visit the outdoor markets on Opening Day of the Providence Flea:
1. Cool Vendors
Part urban treasure hunt, part indie-maker market, you never know what you'll find at the Flea ... and that's what makes it so irresistible. Head down to South Water Street on Sunday, May 12, to support a growing community of local vintage vendors, artisans, makers and food purveyors. These are carefully selected, small and micro-businesses, and their wares are hand-picked, homemade, handcrafted and small batch. The Flea is a weekly showcase of upcycled art and craft, vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, furniture, handcrafted soaps and hand-poured candles, graphic and concert tees, succulents and plants, vinyl records and more.
2. Yummy Food
With a rotating lineup of 20+ of the state's favorite food trucks and carts participating throughout the summer, the Flea has also become a popular foodie destination with locally sourced menu items, which make for a mouthwatering brunch or lunch. Opening Day includes loaded fries, cheesesteaks, fresh salads and specialty sandwiches, cheese-stuffed hot dogs, Asian fusion, locally made ice cream, fresh pastry, fruit tarts and chocolate desserts, shaved ice, and hot and iced artisan coffee concoctions.
3. Live Music
Bringing it all together for a sunny Sunday vibe is the variety of local musicians who play the Flea unplugged every week. First up on Opening Day is Lainey Dionne playing acoustic pop and covers on the scenic boardwalk along the Greenway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A dozen other musicians will play this summer offering everything from acoustic jazz to classic rock covers to toe-tapping old-timey banjo and ukulele.
4. Your Community
Since its opening in 2013, each week the Flea has featured as our guest a different, local nonprofit that dedicates their work to bettering our world. Ten Lives Cat Rescue will be with us Opening Day, and in the past we've brought in the area's well-known community theaters, art galleries, a local museum, animal rescue groups, youth arts and advocacy groups, LGBT organizations, and university student-run nonprofits.
5. PVD Skyline
It's small but it's ours! Enjoy the best unobstructed view of the skyline from the Flea's vantage point along the scenic boardwalk. This is the Flea's seventh outdoor season along the river in downtown Providence, and we can't wait to see you!