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WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza

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

WaterFire Providence is pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2022 WaterFire Providence season. Located on Washington Street and Steeple Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. From photography and sculpture, paintings, and handcrafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza feature a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

If you are interested in being a part of the Arts Festival, please fill out the Art Vendor Inquiry Form.

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

Setup and Breakdown Times

Load-in: 4:00 PM*

Load-out: 11:00 PM*

* Subject to change according to the event timing.

Public Exhibition Hours

5:00 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

The 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 set up their own 10’ x 10’ white pop-up tent and will have access to electricity. 


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

Lighting Dates

Additional events may be added to the schedule as the season progress. Our complete 2002 schedule including Partial and Basin lighting is available.

Saturday, June 4
Full Lighting
Sunset (8:16 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, June 25
Full Lighting
Sunset (8:25 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, July 30
RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting
Sunset (8:06 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, August 13
Celebrating Rhode Island’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities
Full Lighting
Sunset (7:48 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, August 27
Clear Currents Community Paddling Night
Full Lighting
Sunset (7:27 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, September 24
Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI with RI Department of Education
Full Lighting
Sunset (6:39 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, November 5
WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting
Sunset (5:35 pm) – 10:00 pm

Please contact Kristina Mckenzie ( for more information.