Doors Open Pawtucket + Central Falls, 2019 2019-09-14T14:16:56-04:00

Free Festival
by Doors Open RI

Doors Open RI returns this year with a focus on Pawtucket + Central Falls! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 28th when visitors will gain unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to some of the great places and spaces of these neighboring cities – for free. Build your own explorations of participating venues, each activated with programming and interpretation. Keep checking back here and sign up for our mailing list to keep updated on our growing list of festival sites and programs.

Want to help out on festival day? Sign up to volunteer! All volunteers will receive priority access to all festival sites, a one-of-a-kind Doors Open RI Volunteer t-shirt, and a beer on us at The Guild following the festival (more information to come!).


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How It Works

When is the festival?

The Festival will be from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Open access times for individual sites vary.

Do I need tickets?

This is a FREE public event — no tickets or reservations needed, but RSVP on Facebook to keep updated! Lines may be expected at certain locations. Volunteers and other supporters of the Festival are offered priority access.

Where can I get my Event Guide?

Check back later for a PDF version of our event guide here. There will also be printed event guides available at all sites on the day of the festival!


Did somebody say Scavenger Hunt?!

Uncover even more hidden stories and sites around Pawtucket + Central Falls by participating in our first-ever Scavenger Hunt! Pick up your Doors Open RI 2019 Scavenger Hunt clue sheet at any festival site, and play along according to the instructions. Prizes and more details to be announced soon!

What are the participating locations?

You’ll find information about participating locations below as well as listed in our event guide (see above). Venues and details may change, however, so keep checking back here for the most up-to-date information on participating locations.

Which sites are wheelchair accessible?

We want to make this Festival fun for everyone. Each participating site’s page has information on the wheelchair accessibility of that site. The wheelchair accessible entrance to a given site may not be immediately visible, but just ask the volunteer at the entrance and they will help make accommodations for you. If you have additional questions about the accessibility of a particular site, please reach out to us at info@doorsopenri.org.

Where can I use the bathroom?

We cannot guarantee bathroom access at individual sites. However, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (175 Main St #4127, Pawtucket) has agreed to open their restroom facilities to all festival attendees from 10am-4pm on September 28th. While you’re there, check out their exhibits about the the entire Blackstone Valley!

How do I get around the Festival?

Doors Open RI is committed to minimizing the impact of our Festival on the environment, and encourage you to travel green. There are many ways to explore festival sites: walk, ride your bike or take the bus! Downtown Pawtucket is especially conducive to traveling by foot. Street parking will also be available around many sites.

Is this the only Doors Open Festival?

Our Festival is part of a worldwide movement of citywide Doors Open and Open House events connecting the public to the great places and spaces of their communities. Doors Open RI previously held such a festival featuring 24 places across Providence in 2017, visited by more than 4,000 people!

Can I take pictures?

You are welcome to take pictures inside of all participating locations unless otherwise indicated. Don’t forget to share them with us! #doorsopenri

How can I keep up to date?

Sign up for our Mailing List! Also follow Doors Open RI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live Festival updates: @doorsopenri and #DoorsOpenRI

You can also RSVP to our Facebook event!

How Can I Support the Doors Open RI Festival?

Though our festival is free, it isn’t free to organize. We depend on donations from people like you to make our programming possible. Every bit helps. Please support our festival and other programs by making a donation to our crowdfunding campaign or becoming a sponsor today!

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Explore the Programs

Doors Open RI Programs

Pawtucket + Central Falls Festival Scavenger Hunt

September 28

Uncover even more hidden stories and sites around Pawtucket + Central Falls on Saturday, September 28th by participating in our first-ever Scavenger Hunt! Pick up your Doors Open RI 2019 Scavenger Hunt clue sheet at any festival site, and play along according to the instructions. Prizes and more details to be announced soon!

Partner Programs

Pawtucket + Central Falls Restaurant Week

September 22-28

Pawtucket & Central Falls are teaming up for a joint Restaurant Week. Visit both Cities to enjoy a variety of unique cuisines from participating restaurants. In Pawtucket, discover one-of-a-kind restaurants with cuisines ranging from Indian, to Portuguese, to Italian, and more! In Central Falls, enjoy a world of flavors in one square mile from Latin American and Portuguese restaurants, among others. Also catch live musical performances by local artists at select restaurants throughout the week.


Pawtucket Craft Crawl

September 22-28

Experience Pawtucket’s first-ever Craft Crawl featuring all six Pawtucket Breweries and Distilleries with unique drink specials for this week only! Craft Crawl participants can complete a “Passport” card with a stamp following a purchase from each brewery and distillery. Participants who complete their passports will receive a special prize mixing glass featuring the logos of all six establishments.


Central Falls Salsa Night

Friday, September 27
Roosevelt Bridge, Central Falls

Join Mayor James A. Diossa for one of Central Falls’ greatest attractions: Salsa Night! This once-a-month event from May through September is coming back bigger than ever in its fourth year! Enjoy a rotating lineup of food trucks provided by PVD Food Truck Events, beer and wine from Laughing Gorilla Catering, a photo station, and fun for all ages! There will be free salsa lessons from 8-9 pm and a live band from 9-11 pm.

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Central Falls Antique and Classic Car Show

Sunday, September 29, 11am-3pm
Dexter St., Central Falls

Join Mayor James A. Diossa for the annual Central Falls Antique and Classic Car Show. View more than 150 antique and custom cars displayed along Dexter Street. Enjoy novelty vendors, awards, live performances, and more. Food from local restaurants will be available to purchase. More information coming soon.

The New Millennium Art Factory Exhibition

October – December, 2019
Navigant Credit Union Lobby, 693 Broad St., Central Falls

View a public exhibit of selected artworks from The New Millennium Art Factory’s Summer 2019 program. Founded by local artist Alfonso D. Acevedo, The New Millennium Art Factory offers free art instruction to the children of low income families at Adams Public Library. Participants have the opportunity to explore their creativity, engage with others, and improve their self-esteem. Children ages 6 to 20 are welcome. Registration for the next Art Factory cycle opens on January 15th and closes on February 29, 2020. Register by contacting “America News” at 401-365-5792 or americanews@gmail.com, or visit the Adams Public Library front desk.


Doors Open Rhode Island connects people to local places of cultural, historical and architectural significance in an effort to bridge communities and inspire new perspectives on our cities. We provide behind-the-scenes access to Rhode Island’s best-kept secrets through innovative programs and tours planned throughout the year, culminating in a free, citywide, open house festival. Through welcoming the public inside the gems at the heart of our communities, we believe that we can strengthen the connections between people and the places around them. In this sense, we aim to transform our residents into advocates for our built environment and ambassadors for Rhode Island.

Though most of our programs are free for participants, they aren’t free to organize. We depend on grants and contributions from people like you to fund the staffing, program supplies, and other administrative costs that make our programs possible. Join the Doors Open RI family by making a donation today. Every bit helps.


Unless otherwise noted all photography provided by Design Imaging Studios.

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