Arts Festival Plaza. Photo by John Simonetti.

WaterFire Providence and Bryce Studio are pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2017 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 crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

We are now accepting artist applications for the 2017 WaterFire Providence Season!

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

Public Exhibition Hours

6:00 PM** to 10:30 PM

**Subject to change


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

Setup and Break Down Times

Load In: 4:00 PM**
Show Time: 6:00 PM**
Load Out: 10:30 PM

**Subject to change

Event Dates:

  • Friday, May 19th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:03 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:25 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:22 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22nd
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:14 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 5th
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23rd
    Full Lighting – Sunset 6:41 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30th – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
    Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:29 p.m.

Booth Fee: $150

This is a flat fee. There are no discounts for multiple market dates.
Vendors are required to set up their own 10×10 pop-up tent,  weights (no stakes are permitted), and lights (not to exceed 60 watts each or a total of 5 AMPs–or five standard clip lights).

WaterFire Providence will provide vendors with electricity.

Please note: tents must be white. Branded or alternate color tents will be removed from the show.


Booth Fees are only accepted via credit card or PayPal through WaterFire Providence. All artist vendors must submit or confirm payment to WaterFire Providence no later than 10 days prior to event. Any artist vendor who has not submitted payment by 3:00 p.m. the Monday preceding any event will forfeit their location.


WaterFire is very rarely cancelled. In the event of cancellation, you may request a refund or select an alternative event date, if available. Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to your date in order to receive a refund. No other refund requests will be considered.

Jury Process

In order to be considered you must fill out this application. WaterFire and Bryce Studio will review applicants work and will make selections based on craftsmanship and uniqueness of work. We do our best to curate a well-rounded event that includes a wide variety of showcased mediums.

WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza highlights from previous years:


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