WaterFire
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Providence
How to get there
  • Providence Station • 8 min walk
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Laurie A
1 contribution
Couples
Go Early! Parking once! Providence has some great restaurants in the area. You can go park, eat and then enjoy the night of music, warm fires, great people watching and art vendors.
Written September 13, 2022
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Chemorn
Mohegan Lake, NY207 contributions
Family
Wow is all I can say. What a great experience. Get there early and grab a seat and enjoy the scenery. Music playing in the background enhances the experience. Gets really crowded early. Limited parking available.
Written September 11, 2022
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1,893 contributions
Show up early and get good parking. Its like a farmers market with a multiple concerts going on all at once. Problem was we were so concerned about getting good seats for the lighting we were not able to partake in the festivities which is all free.

To see "the Show" you want to be were the circle is- 2 blocks in front of the Capital Building. It fills up quick so it's hard to leave once you have your spot. The lighting starts will a professional of people with the lighten torches come down a long staircase and help light torches on the 6 boats that float into the circle 3 boats have performers that twist and twirl flames and the other boats light all the pedestals filled with wood. Some music is played during this time ~ I just wished they explained why this event is done and if there was any importance or symbolic reasons to it.

once the pedestals are lit ~ it's like "now what?" and there is a mad rush to get to the cars.
Written August 22, 2022
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CoachK2525
Dedham, MA1,161 contributions
Just a perfect way to spend a night in Downtown Providence. Definitely a great way to enjoy what city has to offer and be entertained very easily!
Written September 1, 2021
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Patti H
Providence, RI15 contributions
The firelight at dusk, the river of music floating from unseen outdoor speakers playing off the sound and silence of first enthralled and then reverently attentive crowds, the heat of the lit cauldrons and all the smells sweet and savory, exotic and familiar from invited street vendors combine to create a beautiful sensory experience. Weather you like to be in the thick of a crowd or observing from a distance, Waterfirer provides a memorable night in for people of all ages to come together under the backdrop of the City of Providence.
Written February 23, 2020
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Penpal_55
35 contributions
Went to this with my spouse and my sister and her husband on a night when they were honoring cancer survivors which made it even more special. We stood in a great spot and were blown away by the entire ceremony and music from start to finish. I would love to return to this one night next summer maybe. If you haven't been to Providence Water Fire you need to see it at least once.
Written January 19, 2020
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Sightseer666327
Bowie, MD2 contributions
We went there for the new year eve revelry. Awesome fireworks, great for kids and the young at heart. Place is not so crowded as compared to NYC.
Written January 4, 2020
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Kell E
Minneapolis, MN73 contributions
I think this is one of those events in America that everyone should see at least once. I won't even try to describe it proper because it's more of a primal feeling/about the atmosphere when you're there. You should definitely check it out. But don't even think about driving around there.
Written January 1, 2020
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DianeTheAdventurer
Boston, MA1,120 contributions
Couples
My husband and I went here one night and it was really fun! Along the river, so many fire pits, the boats keep filling them with wood, music, before, etc. Can’t wait to go again next season.
Written December 22, 2019
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John Z
Pawleys Island, SC35 contributions
Business
What’s not to love? They literally light a bunch of non fires on a river. I highly recommend checking this out!
Written December 10, 2019
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