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WaterFire Walking Tours

WaterFire Walking Tours. Photograph by Jeff Meunier.
WaterFire Walking Tours. Photograph by Jeff Meunier.

Now booking for November 4th with tours at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Experience the magic of WaterFire like never before with this behind-the-scenes walking tour! Led by a long-time WaterFire volunteer and history teacher, this tour covers the remarkable origin story, artistry, and hidden gems of Providence’s most cherished event. Your guide will bring you through the heart of the city, walking alongside the path of the braziers that will be lit just a few short hours later. You will also receive a certificate to add a wish to the Starry, Starry Night installation during the lighting. 

The tour starts at 129 Dyer St in Providence and ends at the Basin. Free parking will be made available to you in a nearby lot for the duration of the tour (information will be sent after booking). Like all WaterFire lightings, this tour is rain or shine! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour route is about half a mile, taking a leisurely pace that is perfect for enjoying a summer afternoon. Please note that the tour route does include some uneven walkways, cobblestone sidewalks, and a couple of stairs. 

We will wrap up before 4:00, giving you plenty of time to have dinner or view the current exhibition at the WaterFire Arts Center before the fires are lit at sunset. This unique experience is both a perfect introduction to WaterFire for new visitors and an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes for those who have been coming to WaterFire for years. Whether it’s your first lighting or your fiftieth, we are excited to have you join us!

Behind the Magic tours will take place at most full lightings throughout the 2023 season. Space is limited so reserve your spot now! Check back before each lighting for details about the upcoming tour. Tickets are $25 and include free parking and a Starry, Starry Night wish. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to WaterFire to support our mission to revitalize Providence and transform the community through shared art experiences. We cannot issue refunds for tickets bought in error. Everything we do is made possible by your support; thank you for your help keeping the fires burning!