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WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.
Photograph by Jennifer Bedford.

Thank you for your interest in being an Artist Vendor at WaterFire Providence!

Artist vendor applications for the WaterFire Providence Arts Festival are now open for the 2023 season! 

Attracting tens of thousands of people during each of our full lightings from June through November, join us as this celebrated outdoor art installation comes to life in downtown Providence.

From photography and sculpture, paintings, and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, a WaterFire event features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to visitors nationally and internationally.

Be a part of the magic as WaterFire transforms the heart of the city and its rivers into nights many will never forget!

Detailed information will be provided upon selection. The following information serves as a general overview.

**Setup and Breakdown

Load in: 3:30 PM 4:30 PM

Load Out: 11:00 PM

**subject to change according to the event timing.

**Public Exhibition Hours

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

**Please note: Start times for WaterFire Providence are dependent upon the season’s sunset, causing setup and exhibition hours to change slightly through the summer and fall months.

Fees & Setup

Artist Vendor fee is $150.00. This is a flat fee per event. There are no discounts for multiple event dates. Vendors are required to bring and set up their own 10’ x 10’ white pop-up tent and all items including tables + chairs. WaterFire will provide access to power. 


Washington Street and Steeple Street, between North Main Street and Canal Street. (The streets are closed off from traffic).

Lighting Dates

Please refer to our 2023 WaterFire Schedule.

If you are interested in becoming a WaterFire Artist Vendor, please complete the following WaterFire Artist Vendor Inquiry Form and submit it back to us. 

For more information, please contact the Events & Operations Coordinator, Justin DeGraide ([email protected])

Join us as we keep the fires burning!

2023 Full Lightings

Saturday, June 3
Sunset ( 8:15 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, June 24
Sunset ( 8:24 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, July 22
Sunset ( 8:13 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, August 19
Clear Currents Fire Community Paddling Night
Sunset ( 7:40 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, September 9
Sunset ( 7:05 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, September 30
Sunset ( 6:29 pm ) – 11:00 pm 

Saturday, November 4
WaterFire’s Salute to Veterans
Sunset ( 5:36 pm ) – 10:00 pm