About Us

"We put your brand in front of people 'face-to-face' providing cost-effective marketing solutions for you to expand your network, customer base, and build valuable relationships with potential customers."

With a successful track record of producing events for nearly three decades, Pat Paolino Cruz excels in generating unique ideas and successfully growing them from concept. She is an event marketing specialist, former radio show host, avid networker, connection maker, and marketing/social media innovator nationally celebrated for ranking TOP FIVE Rhode Islanders with the highest calculated social media influence.   

Pat has created a socially oriented business environment that combines social media visibility with popular event concepts. They provide cost-effective marketing opportunities for businesses increase their network and gain new customers face-to-face. Her events will put you in front of the 'right people' in a way that builds trust, forges healthy relationships and raises brand awareness. 

Empower Women's Expo (formerly RI Women's Expo)


Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Crowne Plaza, Warwick  

Combines health - wellness - beauty - fashion - home decor and improvement - career direction - psychic - family and lifestyle elements with tons of shopping .

No wonder this is one of our most popular events. Women are earning, spending, and influencing spending at a greater rate than ever before. In fact, women account for  OVER $7 TRILLION in consumer and business spending in the US, and over the next decade, they will control two thirds of consumer wealth.... Not to mention, women want to be there because it's so much fun! 

Over 80 local businesses and 15 top presenters will meet over 1000 decision-making female consumers. 

Get a taste of the event by checking out our 2015 event video:


To become an exhibitor/vendor or speaker/presenter (1/2 hour slot) email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com.

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Rhode Island Christmas Village


Sunday, December 8, 2019 

Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket

Although we've loved our home at Purple Cat in Chepachet for the past five years, the venue has now officially closed, We are thrilled to be settling into our new home this year at Hope Artiste Village where you will find more room, free parking, easy highway access and a great warm vibe. You will love it!
Exhibitor Applications are now being Accepted! 

3000 people have come  to Northern Rhode Island to celebrate the season and enjoy live music,  holiday shopping market with loads of exhibitors and artisans, carolers, food trucks (pending weather), wine,  beer, movies for the kids, hot chocolate and cookies, face painting. Special Visits by Paw Patrol and Santa direct from the North Pole!



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Taste of Rhode Island


Winter Menu Event

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Botanical Garden at 

Roger Williams Park, Providence 



Taste of Rhode Island is a premiere food and spirit tasting event with over 50 of the areas best restaurants, bakeries, caterers, wineries and breweries.  

WATCH  2018 EVENT VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftasteofrhodeisland%2Fvideos%2F628889290825020%2F&show_text=0&width=560

Taste of Rhode Island Events are produced by Pat Cruz and Lupe Aguilar. Last year both restaurant/ spirit vendors and attendee ticket sales were SOLD OUT prior to event.  To participate as an exhibitor; email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com 

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RI Health & Wellness Fair


Celebrating it's 4th year; this all-day open house showcases exhibitors, vendors, health screenings and live presentations by top experts. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and ADMISSION IS FREE. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket



To become an exhibitor/vendor or speaker/presenter (1/2 hour slot) email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com.

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Networking Events


Celebrating our 10th year!

Monthly events are held on alternate days at different venues throughout the state. Tickets: $12/Advance,  $20/Door.  Vendor tables available in some locations

Our popular monthly Networking Events are open to business owners, professionals, sales associates and those looking for new career opportunities. We wecome 100-200 people at our informal "happy hour" type "mix and mingle"events. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

To be put on our Restaurant/Venue List, email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com 

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Winter Artisan Festival



Beat the winter chill and warm up with us at our Winter Artisan Festival. Enjoy a cozy day indoors at our "open house" style event. Guests can shop and meet over 25 local artisans and vendors, enjoy live music, delicious food, cash bar.   


To become an exhibitor/vendor; email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com

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Rhode Island Spring Festival


2020 DATE  TBA 

In our 5th year, this popular Indoor/Outdoor event welcomes 3000 visitors throughout the weekend to enjoy; 

  • Live Music
  • Tons of vendors for Great shopping
  • Face Painting
  • Paw Patrol Visits
  • Child ID Program 
  • Full cash bar
  • Wine/beer tastings (tbd)
  • 4th Annual Cupcake Challenge

To become an exhibitor; send email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com  

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4th Annual Cupcake Challenge



Calling all professional and home bakers. Do you have the best cupcakes around? One of the tastiest events of the year welcomes you to participate in our 4th Annual Challenge. 150 Full Size Cupcake Requirement and $60 Registration 

If you are interested in becoming a baker at this event, please email request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com.  

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Miss US Italia Pageant



Will be accepting

  • Contestants ages 7 and up
  • Exhibitors for Event
  • Prize Package Sponsors
  • Event Sponsors

The pageant began in 2014 in Rhode Island which has the second highest percentage of Italian-Americans in the country per capita, Contestants compete in formal wear and on stage interview. 

Support is appreciated from local businesses who would like to become involved by way of prize donations for division winners, contestants, program book advertising and event sponsorship.

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Align your brand with some of the most popular events in New England. Whether you are looking to exhibit at an existing event or are interested in collaborating on a new event  or promotion for your business - Pat Cruz Events and her social media presence is known in the community and can help increase your visibility and your network. 


Presentation slots are 1/2 hour at select events.  Please forward description  of presentation (no more than 75 words) of presentation along with presenter bio (no more than 50 words)  to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com

Live Demonstration / Health Check

If your business would like to do a live stage demonstration, fashion show or would like to offer a free chealth heck at one of our events,forward description of demonstration/service with contact info to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com 

Event Sponsors, Vendors and Artisans

We welcome businesses for all of our events and multiple pricing options based on venue cost, individual event advertising, anticipated guests, event entertainment and extras. Space is always limited and exclusivity is not available.  To request additional information, exhibitor agreements and or sponsor forms, send request to patpaolinocruz@gmail.com 

Additional event Services we offer




Pat Cruz events are hip, smart and attract a diverse cross section of business people, entrepreneurs, politicos and more seeking to make connections. Pat pays attention to the details at every event and makes sure all who come are made to feel welcome. Her events are seamless, connections made are lasting and you will be glad you attended.  

Gregg Perry, The Perry Group

It is ALWAYS a pleasure to work with Pat Cruz. When you receive a call from Pat....you answer, because you know she is thinking of another event that will get people through the door. I have hosted many business meetings, corporate dinners and social functions, but Pat brings events to another level - she has a great following with an array of people from different business industries which makes for a successful night of networking for everyone.  Derek Brazeau, Ruth's Chris Steak House

I have worked with Ms. Cruz in several capacities and would considered it an honor to work with her on any project. Besides her business savvy, attention to detail, and her unwavering commitment to the highest standard, Ms. Cruz is blessed with the gift of heart and tongue. Several thousand people embrace her wisdom and spiritual beliefs on a daily basis. Her ability to juggle changing priorities, rallying the troops, and delivering a class event are her trademark attributes as an Event Producer.  

Glen Conway, Marketing Entrepreneur

Pat is a woman of such substance, style and confidence that it's hard not the feel the same when you are with her. Pat has achieved every goal that she has set for herself with professionalism and the energy of an army. She has made a career out of celebrating women, their struggles and accomplishments, and along the way has made hundreds of people feel amazing about themselves. When given the chance to work with Pat on any project that she is producing or spearheading, don't hesitate to get on board. It doesn't feel like work, it feels like the successful partnership that it is. Susan Soares, Executive Leadership Consultant

I've observed Pat's great ability to organize well-attended networking events over the years with style and grace. I admire Pat's ability to promote the good work of others and her own by effectively engaging a wide network within Rhode Island. 

Mike Ritz, Executive Director Leadership Rhode Island

Pat has a contagious, consistent energy and true passion for her work! Pat possesses a unique talent to successfully market events and we're thrilled with our results. Pat’s charisma makes it effortless to build an esteemed working relationship - we see her as a fundamental contact in the industry. 

Sarah Craveiro, Account Management

Pat Paolino Cruz is an amazing professional. Regardless of how many things she has on her professional  plate, she has a way of making you feel special, like you're her only client. She also has an uncanny  memory and a heart of gold. I have worked with her on many occasions and trust her as a marketing  professional, businesswoman and social media maven. I look forward to working with her again and again. Jackie Hennessey, Author, Blogger and PR Consultant

Over the years, I have seen her develop her potential by mastering latent capabilities we all have  within us. Everyone "starts up." Pat has demonstrated that unwavering commitment to a vision motivates  one to "Scale Up." If you don't know Pat, get to know her. She is the consummate connector who gives all  she has for the good of others.     

Bill Napolitano, Gravitas Impact Premium Coaching

Pat has filled an important niche in Rhode Island. Her networking events are always very well attended,  and there are always new people to meet. She welcomes you with a smile and a hug, and makes you feel  right at home. Thanks for always finding interesting venues, and helping small businesses to expand. Jean Allard, Vice President Keystone Real Estate

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Align your brand with some of the most popular events in New England. Pat Cruz can create a custom promotion for your business, offers exhibit space at well attended events, presenter opportunities and, is always looking for creative ways to partner with brands looking to increase their network.

Pat Paolino Cruz - Pat Cruz Events

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