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WaterFire Providence

100 Canal St, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903-1305
+1 401-272-3111
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Very unique event

If you’re in town for WaterFire go check it out. Very unique. Music, food and drinks. Gets crowded... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BWM&LJM
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Fantastic Experience

I was in the area by chance and I went to the show. It was awesome. The had a Japanese drum show... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
wetfoot
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Ohio
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

If you’re in town for WaterFire go check it out. Very unique. Music, food and drinks. Gets crowded and there was lot of waiting around. We were there when the Portuguese President was there and got to meet him. Never could of imagined.... Uber there...More

Thank BWM&LJM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in the area by chance and I went to the show. It was awesome. The had a Japanese drum show and then the lighted the fire, it was awesome. Also people was super friendly and I was able to get a nice spot...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waterfire is such a unique experience. Honestly, I feel like I am in Europe when I am at a Waterfire, the music, the water, the people, the peace. Definitely something that should not be missed!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the music & interacting with the attendees.. Lasts for a few hours. Bring a camera to capture the lighting

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really unusual and fun thing to do when in Providence. The vibe from the crowd was positive. It’s FREE and really a unique thing to see and enjoy.

Thank Marsha H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have never experienced WaterFire, I will tell you it is a must when you are in Providence, Rhode Island. And it is free!!! It is important to see the event from the beginning at dusk when the feeder boats come out and parade...More

Thank Neal Y
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great cultural experience! We attended a full lighting and were mesmerized by the music, fire and water. It was great to have experienced this event. I would highly recommend planning a summer trip to providence around a lighting. It does get crowded,...More

Thank Mariah H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the evening at WaterFire sitting outside near the outdoor stage. The Drummers, the torch bearers filing by, the beautiful setting of the river and cityscape backdrop. We parked and safely walked down to the venue site. It really was a good feeling to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Waterfire every year. It’s lovely. There is live entertainment, street vendors, varieties of foods, and artists. It’s fun fir all ages-families or romance.

Thank FoodieMelDHock
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great time at the waterfire show. You have to be there at least an hour before it starts and sit on the big blocks of stone around the lake part, that’s where you’ll have the best view. The place is packed...More

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febtraveler2018
May 25, 2018|
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Response from Laura E | Reviewed this property |
I park at the Omni hotel - found that to be the cheapest garage/lot. I don't usually stand in one place, but instead start out at the "bowl" at the mall and walk down along the sidewalk.
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Deborah H
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Laura E | Reviewed this property |
It's usually thursday and Saturday nights in the summer. The website says they'll release the schedule in the spring. Make a note when you do look at the schedule ifnits a full lighting or a partial lighting. The fires... More
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