About

The Creative District at Old Town is one of the many aspects that make Parker a great place to live and work.  With lots of outdoor festivals and events, great cultural facilities and authentic historic properties, the Creative District offers arts and culture experiences right at your front door.
 
The District boasts numerous outdoor festivals and events all year long, serving all age groups. Favorites include Parker Days; Movies in the Park; Art in the Park; PACE Patio Parties; Honey Festival; Historic Walking Tour; Parker Quest, a family clue finding event; summer long Sunday Farmers Market; monthly Wine Walks - May to September; Barker Days; Trick or Treat on Mainstreet; Christmas Carriage Parade and Mayor’s Tree Lighting. 
 
The district includes two venues for the performing arts, the PACE Center and the Mainstreet Center. Dining and shopping options abound with nineteen restaurants and 36 creative businesses.  Walkability and good parking contribute to an amiable and satisfying visit.
 
Nestled in the historic section just east of the Parker Rd and Mainstreet, historic destinations include O’Brien Park, the Old Schoolhouse, the Rhode Island Hotel, Ruth Memorial Chapel and the Frink Creamery, which is now the Parker Garage. 
 

Vision: “Within five years Parker’s Creative District at Old Town will be a vibrant, walkable arts and entertainment center infused with community gathering spaces, specialty retail and dining options, diverse creative businesses and life cycle housing choices. The Creative District at Old Town will embrace and foster our unique historic, cultural and creative assets by supporting and promoting a broad range of entertainment and educational experiences for all ages, making Parker a  highly sought after place to live and visit.”

The District is managed by the Town of Parker and the Creative District Executive Committee, a citizen’s advisory board that provides advocacy and leadership in developing the District’s arts, culture and entertainment.  The committee meets on the third Thursday of the month at Deep Space Workplace and Event Center.  The agenda is posted at Town Hall the Monday before the meeting. 
 
Take the lead: the committee is looking for fresh ideas and human energy, from random acts of art to special events.  Bring your vision and commitment to a meeting and let us tell you how we can help make it happen.
 
To learn more, contact ParkerCreativeDistrict@gmail.com.