A year without WaterFire was unimaginable.
We faced unprecedented challenges…
We are excited for the return of WaterFire to Downtown Providence later this year…
But we need your help.
Please donate to the WaterFire Relief Fund.
Stay tuned for more news and event dates.
In the meantime please check out what’s happening at the WaterFire Arts Center!
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2021 Season Schedule
WaterFire will return to the rivers of Providence later this year. We are working with state and city leaders and public health experts to ensure that when we return our events will be totally safe. We also need financial support to get our event production team back up to speed. You can help to ensure our speedy return by supporting the WaterFire Relief Fund.
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All Full WaterFire lightings light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on scheduled evenings throughout the season. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the fires will remain lit until half-past midnight (unless otherwise noted).
Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place Mall. Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street.
WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2020 sponsors, their ongoing support helped to light up Downtown Providence.
WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence web page is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants, and other local attractions.
Each year WaterFire attracts nearly 1 million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the city. Annually, WaterFire activity creates $113 million in economic output for local businesses, generates over $9 million of tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supports 1,294 jobs for community residents.
Fire marshal regulations do not permit folding chairs to be set up on any of the riverwalks to assure safe passage for all of our visitors. WaterFire is an event to be explored and savored on foot as you wander around to discover its many surprises, leave your chairs in the car, and start exploring all that our event has to offer.