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Address: 100 Canal Walk, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903-1305
Phone Number:
+1 401-272-3111
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WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose...

WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.

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A wonderful evening!

This is a very enjoyable way to spend an evening full of live entertainment, music, street vendors, local artisans and floating bonfires. You can walk the downtown waterfront and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very enjoyable way to spend an evening full of live entertainment, music, street vendors, local artisans and floating bonfires. You can walk the downtown waterfront and safety is never an issue. Other than parking you really don't have to spend a dime to have fun or you can sample local food and drink, buy a trinket or... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Clean and friendly. A very unique experience. Even when it's crowded it never feels overcrowded. Plenty to see if don't mind a little walking. Each part of the walk is different. I particularly recommend a gondola ride. It's a whole different perspective and something you won't forget. Best combined with an early dinner reservation at Cafe Nuovo or Hemingway's.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Water-fire is a nice activity. Sit outside, have nice drink, and allow the music and ambiance to surround you. It is a traditional Rhode Island experience that you wouldn't want to overlook. I enjoyed thoroughly, however I would caution not to go alone and not to go more than twice a season as it provides little entertainment in and of... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

WaterFire Providence is a one of a kind experience. With fantastic dinning along the waterfront and a walking park to get up close to the river is amazing! If you come to RI Don't miss it!

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What could be better than a night outside having cocktails, listening to nice music, along a river lit with huge bonfires. I love Waterfire!!

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East Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's a beautiful night... Have a bite to eat... And then stroll along the water fire . It's very relaxing, and depending on the theme of the night... Very emotional. Great for a first date.... Great to just chill and enjoy. Definitely recommend it There is a list of the dates and events, on the website

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

At Waterfire, you can always expect a wide variety of local artists, musicians and performers, Hours of piped-in music and flickering bonfires. The cast is ever changing, so if you go to their website in the spring, you start getting schedule updates as to who is performing on which nights. Food Carts, local restaurants and pubs are all open to... More 

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Jamestown, RI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Waterfire is simply great fun. The Providence River is alight with food fired braziers and dotted with gondolas. On the shores, a broad spectrum of foods and sometimes crafts. All this plus music. It makes a great evening of strolling, sampling foods and listening.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is obviously very popular and it seems to me that the events hosted by the river is where someone would want to be. These ranged from formal, invite-only galas to family-friendly, food-serving gatherings. These looked like they would be fun against the backdrop of torches of fire in the river. However, I only walked around and admired the... More 

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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Water fire is great first time round, after that it's nice but not really special and it takes forever to find a spot to park...if you even can!

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