Save the date

October 11-13, 2019

RISD campus
Providence, RI

During RISD Weekend, alumni, parents, students and friends meet on campus for an inspiring celebration of everything that makes RISD extraordinary—the people, the studios, the discourse, the work.

Over two and a half days, RISD Weekend features a special mix of exhibitions, panels, talks, tours and demonstrations—along with plenty of other opportunities to engage with the campus and its incredible mix of artists and designers. Registration opens on June 17.

Take a look at last year’s events.

Getting Here

RISD is located just off of I-95 and I-195 on the East Side of Providence in the College Hill neighborhood, at 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Parking (metered or timed) is available along Benefit Street, North Main Street/South Main Street, or at various Metropark locations nearby. All RISD parking lots will be open but have limited availability.


If you are planning to arrive in Providence by train, you can find schedules and fares at amtrak.com or 1 800 USA-RAIL (1 800 872-7245). Information concerning service between Providence and Boston on the Attleboro/Stoughton line can be found at mbta.com and 800 392-6100.


Providence is about a 15-minute cab ride from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, RI. You can find information on flights at pvdairport.com. Airport information: 888 268-7222; in Rhode Island: 401 737-8222.

Once you are at the airport, you can take the inexpensive T.F. Green Shuttle to your hotel.

If you are flying into Logan International Airport in Boston, MA (BOS), you can find flight information at massport.com/logan and 800 23-LOGAN. Logan is about an hour from Providence, depending on traffic.


Peter Pan/Bonanza bus line runs daily trips to Boston, Cape Cod, Newport, Albany, New York City, and Logan and T.F. Green airports. Schedules can be found at peterpanbus.com and 401 751-8800; toll-free: 888 751-8800.

Greyhound schedules and fares can be found at greyhound.com and 800 229-9424; +1 402 330-8552 (international areas without toll-free access); 800 752-4841 (assistance for passengers with disabilities); 800 345-3109 (TDD).

For easy and inexpensive transportation within Rhode Island, including buses, trolleys and Providence/Newport ferries, consider using Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) at ripta.com.


For Block Island ferry service from Point Judith and Newport, RI and New London, CT, follow this link to blockislandferry.com for complete schedules, fares and routes. Schedules vary seasonally.

For Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island ferry service from Woods Hole, MA; Hyannis, MA; and New Bedford, MA, follow this link to islandferry.com. Schedules vary seasonally.

Rental Cars

Alamo | 800 327-9633
Avis | 800 831-2847
Budget | 800 527-7000
Dollar | 800 800-4000
Hertz | 800 654-3131
National | 800 227-7368
Thrifty | 800 847-4389

Places to Stay

Hotel Blocks

Courtyard Providence Downtown
401 272-1191
RISD Weekend rate: TBD

Hampton Inn
401 608-3500
RISD Weekend rate: $199/night

Hilton Garden Inn
401 831-3900
RISD Weekend rate: TBD

Hilton Providence
401 831-3900
RISD Weekend rate: $199 Single or Double

Hotel Providence
401 861-8000
RISD Weekend rate: $279/night

The Omni Providence
401 598-8000
RISD Weekend rate: $189/night

Providence Biltmore
401 421-0700
RISD Weekend rate: $199 Standard / $219 Suite
Reservation code: 1910RISDPW

Providence Marriott Downtown
401 272-2400
RISD Weekend rate: $199
Reservation code: Rhode Island School of Design Alumni/Parents Weekend

*In order to take advantage of these special rates, you must reserve a room no later than September 5.

Other Lodging

Rent anything from a pull-out sofa to a cozy cottage by the beach. Be sure to check out listings from local alumni.

The Dean
401 455-3326

The Old Court Bed and Breakfast

401 751-2002