First Strike Festival

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park



Location: LAT/LONG: 41.877750, -71.382535

67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

Dates & Times


Saturday, May 13, 2023


1:00 PM


5 hours

Type of Event

Cultural/Craft Demonstration
Guided Tour


Join us for community celebration and commemoration of the first industrial worker's strike in the United States. Hosted at Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark from 1 PM -6 PM in downtown Pawtucket, RI.


 Tours and Talks

  • Tour Slater Mill with a ranger (10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:30 PM)
  • Drop by for a Labor History talk (offered on the hour from 1 PM on through 5 PM)
  • Learn the history of the Jencks Settlement and take a walking tour of Pawtucket with Old Slater Mill Association (1:30 PM, leaves from the front of Old Slater Mill)

Music and Dancing

  • Get moving and learn something new with Circus Dynamics & Metamorphosis Dance Co. (1 PM- 6 PM)
  • Groove with local musicians J. Michael Graham, The Berger Boys, Jay Brunelle, and Mark Cutler (performances hourly, 1 PM – 6 PM)
  • Write a song with Mark Cutler (12:45 PM - 1:45 PM)
  • Dance around a maypole with the Mystic Garland Dancers (3:00 PM)

Additional Demonstrations and Activities

  • Make art with local cartoonist MJ Robinson (1-3PM)
  • Meet "RI Lego Artist" Andrew Grover 2:30 PM
  • Learn how objects from the past can teach us about our world today with Everyday Anthropology and Public Archaeology Lab
  • Get your face painted (1 PM - 5 PM)
  • Meet Blackstone Valley Plein Air painters
  • Have your soil samples tested for free and chat with the Rhode Island Master Gardeners
  • Watch a Plein Air Painting demonstration with Jerry Aissis (1:30 PM)
  • Meet the Rhode Island Spinning Guild and watch them work

Check out the Park's new video about the First Strike by visiting here: The First Strike - YouTube


Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Allison Horrocks
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