News & Announcements
Scholarships Applications for 2016
The Steel Yard is dedicated to supporting individual artists in their pursuit of knowledge and financial independence. For many students our open enrollment courses can be just that; a chance to learn an art form or a trade in a setting that encourages experimentation and personal growth.
Sooner than you know... CRUISE NIGHT!
We should be resting from just hosting Fire Camp... but, we're already getting excited about this years Cruise Night! On Friday July 10th, we'll be celebrating our tenth year of cool rides and hope that you'll join us. Check out our calendar page for more info, or join the event over at facebook for
Fire Camp is this Weekend!
The weather is looking great for Sundays event: FIRE CAMP! In addition to the main event, we'll be hosting demonstrations in welding, ceramics, jewelry, and blacksmithing. There will also be and industrial yard sale and food/drinks available! See you Sunday from 1-6pm. Visit our calendar
Fire Camp is only 2 Weeks Away!
Mark your calendar: June 14th, 1-6pm at the Steel Yard! Once again, we will be firing up the forges and the iron furnace on June 14th for our Third Annual Fire Camp. This event will feature hands-on mold making, attendees will have a chance to purchase a sand mold, which can then be scra
Rent the Yard
The Steel Yard is Providence's most unique venue for events of all kinds. Bring your next event to the Yard… Schedule a site tour and conversation about your plans and we will happily walk you through the process. Continue reading below to get a sense of the costs and what is and isn’t included in a rental partnership. The Steel Yard’s campus is a platform for professional artists, makers and the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. We are a National Historic Registered property located deep in the heart of Providence’s ‘Industrial Valley.' The Yard is a great destination for your conference, reception, meeting or performance. We see The Yard as more than just a rentable outdoor venue, we see it as a community resource to create and experiment in. Continue reading below to get a sense of the costs and what is and isn’t included in a Steel Yard Site Rental Partnership. The Yard is an OUTDOOR venue, there are no indoor spaces available for events. please plan accordingly. The Yard is available for events between April and October each year. We offer a range of event packages or will work with you to customize something perfect for your needs. In addition to being extremely affordable, by choosing to hold your event at the Steel Yard, you also support our programs: a percentage of your rental is tax-deductible.
Day Rental (Single Day 8 hour access: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)
Weekend Rental (Friday 4 PM through Sunday 4 PM)
Site Impact Fees (based on number of people)
Up to 749
The Sides & Extras
Electricity & Water
x2 Portajohns (x1 ADA Accessible)
x6 Trash/Recycling Cans & Dumpster Access
Table/Chairs (for appx. 150 people)
book your event at the steel yard
- Read through our, Venue Menu 2017 (pdf) includes our sitemap and suggest vendor list
- Complete and submit the online Event Request Form
- Afterward, we’ll set up an in-person consultation meeting with you to determine if the Yard will be the right place for your event.
- If so, we’ll hold the date for you for up to (3) weeks. We’ll need the signed contract & 50% deposit within those (3) weeks.
The nitty gritty
You won’t find another venue quite like the Yard. We are a historic site filled with indigenous plants/flower, decorated with wild and fun metal sculptures. There’s plenty of space to create your own unique event for anywhere between 100- and 1,500 people! Remember, this is an OUTDOOR venue only- as you plan your event you’ll need to consider weather & guest amenities
The Steel Yard is an educational center specializing in welding, blacksmithing, ceramics & jewelry. Renters should understand that classes may be scheduled in the studio building during your event.
Written cancellation within (30) days of contract signing is acceptable and will result in a full refund. If cancellation occurs after (30) days of contract signing, the 50% deposit becomes non-refundable. Deposits are non-transferable to other dates & events.
We require all site rentals to obtain and name The Steel Yard on its Events Insurance, minimum $1,000,000 coverage. A copy of insurance is required (30) days in advance of the event.
Site rentals at The Steel Yard involving any live performances or amplified music are required to obtain an entertainment license.
Liquor License & Liability
If your event involves alcohol, we require you to obtain the proper liquor license as well as liquor liability insurance. We highly recommend you use a licensed Caterer with Liability Insurance and TIPS certified bartenders.
Security & Safety
Make sure you know what permits you’ll need! You’re responsible for all the necessary permits for your event. Depending on the size and scope of your event, you may be required to attend a City Service Meeting. Renter is responsible for fees that may accrue from Fire Details, Police, or Private Security.
We do not have a parking lot but there is ample on-street parking available surrounding the site, on both Sims & Harris Ave. We encourage the use of car pools, public transportation and shuttle services.
In addition to the (2) portajohns provided by the Steel Yard you should consider additional rentals. Recommended (1) facility per 125 people. A minimum of (1) hand-wash station should be added per (4) restrooms.
You’re responsible for properly disposing of waste & garbage throughout the term of your event & immediately upon its conclusion. The Steel Yard may provide cleaning & trash removal, however, there are fees for these services.
Additional Rentals +
Although the Steel Yard has chairs and tables (for up to 150), your event will likely require a tent, linens, and lighting. The Steel Yard maintains a suggested vendor list of quality, experienced vendors whose missions are appropriate to the Steel Yard’s own, and who know our site well.