Providence Flea Showcases City’s Creativity

by The Cowl Editor on January 16, 2020

Arts & Entertainment

An Opportunity to Give Back to the Local Community

by: Brenna O’Leary ’20 A&E Staff

One thing Providence College Friars are known for is the immense amount of love we have to give to the city of Providence, the city which provides PC students with a variety of fun scenes. There is the art scene downtown by the Rhode Island School of Design, the food scene of Federal Hill, sports at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and so much more.  One opportunity to celebrate this great city is one of the city’s most iconic events: The Providence Flea.


The Providence Flea began in 2013 and has provided the city of Providence with a sense of community, art, and entertainment ever since.  However, do not be fooled into thinking the event is a traditional flea market—it goes above and beyond the usual concept.  Founded by Maria Tocco, The Providence Flea is known for not being “a typical flea market” and for being unique because of the vendors and activities chosen to participate.  All the vendors are vintage or artisan based, providing participants of the market culturally enriching and mesmerizing experiences.  The goods they sell are local and either handmade or vintage. 

Tocco, owner and market manager, is excited for the first Providence Flea date, which is coming Feb. 9, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This event will have over 80 vendors present, along with food vendors, such as bake shops, and artisan coffee trucks, which will include many vegan options.  The Providence Flea will also screen the classic movie Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.  There will even be a dish named Roman Holiday (which is a modified lasagna) available.  

Tocco explained the importance of The Providence Flea when she said that “it is fun to hang out at The Providence Flea where followers become friends.” The Providence Flea allows members of the community to not only enjoy themselves, but develop connections. One great benefit of the flea is its ability to create lasting relationships between small businesses, clients, employers, and customers.  

The dates for the winter/spring markets are online at  After the first date, the flea market will run on the first Sunday of the month at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. The market will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each will also have a theme. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, The Providence Flea was inspired to name their upcoming event “The Love You Give.” 

This winter as you make your new semester schedules and work your way back into the swing of academics, remember to also schedule time to appreciate our city. More specifically, make time to appreciate The Providence Flea. It is a must see, and a great way for Friars to experience and give back to the greater Providence community. The Providence Flea is the perfect way to truly celebrate the love Friars give and get from our city.