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Artisans, Food Trucks, Vendors - Join The 40th Cultural Marketplace Fair

The Black Ships Festival – Cultural Marketplace Fair

Saturday, August 12th, 2023 11:00am-3:30pm

Independence Park, Bristol, RI

419-459 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809

Free event. Booth spaces are $75. This is a rain or shine event.

Creatives, Local Artisans, and Food Trucks from across New England are invited to promote their own creations to the locals and visitors to Rhode Island at the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island (JASRI) 40th Annual Black Ships Festival… where creativity and community come together. With more than 4,500+ attendees expected again this year, the Black Ships Festival is one of the Ocean State's most enjoyable free, family-friendly events. Experience fun at our Cultural Marketplace Fair filled with arts, entertainment, martial arts, food, one-of-a-kind shopping, kid's crafts & Cosplay Costume Contest - all with a distinctly Asian twist.

Registration deadline is July 24, 2023. Link to the website application:

Please fill out the application and email it to along with up to five pictures of your work. Once JASRI reviews your application we’ll get back to you within three business days. If accepted Everett Hoag, our festival co-director will contact you with details and answer all questions.

For more information or call 401.622.4822 and leave a VM. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

In appreciation, Everett Hoag, Events and Community Outreach; Co-Festival Director Direct: 401.413.6874 The Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc. Visit us online:

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