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WaterFire Providence

100 Canal St, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903-1305
+1 401-272-3111
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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 firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, 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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100 Canal St, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903-1305
+1 401-272-3111
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Reviewed yesterday

Different experience every visit. This was my third Waterfire.Worth the trip from Canada. This year a storm was expected but at the last minute the dark clouds drifted away. July was a full lighting. Check the website before you go, They usually have Waterfire a...More

Thank U3434MXstephanief
Reviewed 2 days ago

Saw Waterfire twice so far and wow, such a cool thing to see. I would highliy recommend this for all to see at least once.

Thank lynnealbright
Reviewed 3 days ago

Waterfire is a beautiful celebration of elements natural and manmade! The city's center is abounding with natural beauty, as giant cauldrons are stoked with giant bonfires on the river! Gondolas take people down river, but, you can also be on the rivers edge, and enjoy...More

Thank eventsbythirteen
Reviewed 3 days ago

Can't imagine needing to see this more than one time, but it's worth that one time, especially if you get nice weather. Most of the music is good.

Thank CWnut
Reviewed 4 days ago

waterfire is an event not to be missed if ever you are in the area. The fires add a great sight to the river and along with the music and entertainment make for a great stroll along the river and a great night out. The...More

Thank 783jonw
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really neat concept. With the fire, music, vendors, starry light area and all. We loved walking up the river watching the kayaks with lighted fish stroll by on the water and the dramatic music in sync in all areas. A must see and great for...More

Thank DrBiagio1784
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Water fire is a fabulous event: lots of people stand on the river watching the fires burn, listening to the music play, and engaging with vendors. It's fun seeing the boatmen and the other events on the river -- a gorgeous evening entertainment.

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

WaterFire was an experience unlike anything I have ever seen before. The combination of the lighting of the fires, the beautiful music, and the gondolas floating through the fire was a beautiful thing to witness. This is a perfect evening event for families or couples...More

Thank Emily A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The show was part of a conference outing. We observed it from the shore and it was quite nice. Really interesting to see gondolas in Northern America.

Thank Ludo-Owen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great event to bring out the soul of Providence. I stayed at the hostel and it was walking distance to the waterfire so i checked it out. Beautiful and had a great crowd. There were also food vendors and I got to try...More

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Gina R
January 2, 2017|
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Response from fushilou | Reviewed this property |
There's a waterfire website that posts their schedule, so you can check if you'll be coming back through PVD sometime, but they stop over the winter. :(
September 26, 2016|
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Response from Adrienne J | Reviewed this property |
So sorry I just saw your question....I don't recall any restaurants near water fire. We went on the ghost tour prior to the lighting and then walked over when the tour was done. It's quite a beautiful sight. I hope you get... More
September 15, 2016|
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Response from Tami G | Reviewed this property |
There are select dates. I would suggest looking up the WaterFire schedule.