Directions & Parking

The VETS (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)

Special Traffic Advisory

Due to many events taking place at the Renaissance Hotel, Dunkin' Donuts Center and elsewhere downtown, significant congestion and parking demand should be expected for all evening performances. Please allow extra time for arrival and parking.

Patrons are advised to utilize free parking and shuttles near the State Office lots on Smith Street as these are off the general path of downtown congestion.

Parking at The VETS

Free parking is available at both the State parking lot next to the Capitol building and the lot directly across Smith Street. Parking in the Providence Place Mall Parking Garage is $2 for up to 5 hours.

For every TACO Saturday Classical Concert, Free Shuttle Trolleys run between the Capitol parking lots on Smith Street and The VETS before the concert from 7pm to 7:50pm and after the concert continuing until the end of the post-concert chat.

Detailed Parking Map

Park Street Entrance

Ticketed patrons may use the Park Street entrance (at 83 Park Street near Hayes Street) and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, where you will be able to enter the hall via The VETS Gallery. Those purchasing or picking up tickets must go directly to the box office at the main entrance on Avenue of the Arts.

From 95 North

Take exit 22C. Follow signs to the Providence Place Mall. This exit will place you directly on Promenade Street. Follow Promenade Street to the end. The mall parking garages will be right in front of you. Take a left on Park Street. The VETS is on the right hand side, at the corner of Park and Avenue of the Arts Streets.

From 95 South

Take exit 22A toward Downtown Providence and the Providence Place Mall. Take a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp. At the second set of lights, the state house will be directly in front you. Take a left onto Francis Street. The VETS is the second left off Francis Street on Avenue of the Arts.

RI Philharmonic
Carter Center for Music Performance & Education

RI Philharmonic Music School • Box Office • Administrative Offices

From 95 North or 95 South

  • Take 195 East (Exit #19 on the I-Way)
  • Take exit #8 for US-6/U.S. 1A toward RI-114/Pawtucket Ave/Seekonk MA
  • Turn right at the end of exit ramp onto Warren Avenue
  • At first traffic light, turn right onto Pawtucket Avenue
  • At first traffic light, turn right onto Waterman Avenue
  • The Carter Center is the second building on the right, across from Providence Country Day School and the East Providence Police Department
  • Please use first driveway for main entrance and visitor parking

From 195 West - Heading toward Providence

  • Take the Barrington/Seekonk Exit (Exit #1)
  • Bear right at the end of the exit ramp
  • At light, turn left onto County Street
  • At the next light, bear right onto Waterman Avenue
  • The Carter Center is on the left approximately one mile down, across from the East Providence Police Department
  • Please use second driveway for main entrance and visitor parking

Via the Henderson Bridge

  • Take the Henderson Bridge (aka Red Bridge) off Waterman Avenue on the East Side
  • Stay on the bridge until the last exit on the bridge
  • Turn right on Broadway
  • Turn left on Alexander
  • Take first right and cross over Taunton Ave
  • Take a left on Waterman Ave – stay right at division in the road
  • Continue on Waterman Ave and cross over Pawtucket avenue
  • The Carter Center is on the left approximately one mile down, across from the East Providence Police Department
  • Please use second driveway for main entrance and visitor parking