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WaterFire’s Guide to Visiting Providence

Whether you are visiting Providence for the first time or returning for another world-class art experience these guides will help you make the most of your time at a WaterFire Lighting or the WaterFire Arts Center.

WaterFire Providence presents groundbreaking, world-class art experiences on the rivers of downtown Providence and at the WaterFire Arts Center in the Olneyville neighborhood. Additionally, the WaterFire Arts Center also serves as an event space where we play host to a wide range of galas, trade shows, and community events.

Visitors can proudly support the businesses listed on our guides knowing that they support the same important values and community connections that WaterFire seeks to foster. All of the hotels and restaurants listed here are direct financial supporters of WaterFire and/or the WaterFire Arts Center.

Are you a local business owner who is looking for a way to reach more visitors and help support our mission? Take a look at our Restaurant & Hotel Partnership Opportunities.

For more visit to find more guides from our partner organization the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The WaterFire Arts Center

475 Valley Street| Providence, RI 02908 | 401.443.5553

The WaterFire Arts Center serves as our headquarters, production complex, and multi-purpose arts venue as well as a social enterprise platform strengthening the organization’s long-term financial sustainability. One of the unique features of the WaterFire Arts Center is the Main Hall which provides 15,000 sq. ft. of uninterrupted exhibition, performance, and production space with a 40 ft. ceiling.

The WaterFire Arts Center is available for your next event! From Galas and Weddings to Business Lunches and Trade Shows, we can make your event in Providence a success.

Learn more about Exhibitions and Events at the WaterFire Arts Center!

Upcoming Events the WaterFire Arts Center

Current Month

26jun10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.When I Get Home, a group exhibition by the 2023-2024 WaterFire Accelerate Artist CohortIn the Gallery at the WaterFire Arts Center, May 30 - June 30

27jun6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.Summer Adult Paint NightArtLab@WaterFire: Creative Labs

11jul5:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.NetWorks Rhode Island and the Chazan Collection: A Half-Century of RI Artistic Patronagea large-scale exhibition at the WaterFire Arts Center, July 11 - September 1, 2024

25jul6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island®a celebration at the WaterFire Arts Center!

See the full WaterFire Arts Center calendar »

WaterFire Lightings Downtown

4 North Main Street | Providence, RI 02903 | 401.273.1155

WaterFire, an 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, 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.

Go behind the scenes on a WaterFire Walking Tour!

Upcoming WaterFire Lightings

Current Month

04jul6:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.Thursday, July 4Full Lighting

30jul8:05 p.m.10:00 p.m.Tuesday, July 30 - Partial lightingWaterplace Park Basin

03aug6:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, August 3Full Lighting

31aug6:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, August 31Full Lighting

21sep5:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.Saturday, September 21Full Lighting

05oct5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.Saturday, October 5Full Lighting

02nov4:30 p.m.12:00 a.m.Saturday, November 2 - WaterFire Salute to VeteransFull Lighting

See the full WaterFire Season schedule »

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Events & Exhibitions Calendar

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Plan Your Visit to Providence Guide

Restaurants, hotels, attractions, and more!

Providence Hotels

Comfy to quirky and everything in between.

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Providence is home to amazing museums, shopping, and so much more!

Dining & Shopping In Providence

Restaurants and shops in and around Downtown Providence.