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Address: 100 Canal Walk, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903-1305
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+1 401-272-3111

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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! Free, great entertainment for the whole family. Purchase a boat ride on the water for a better experience.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Smithfield, Rhode Island
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

! Free, great entertainment for the whole family. Purchase a boat ride on the water for a better experience.

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

I f you go thinking it will be okay then maybe you will like it more than I did. Everyone hypes it up and it is really not that big of a deal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time. Perfect night. Good time all around. Fires are spectacular. Area around water fire is spacious do there is no crowding. Also the fires are lit for several hours so there is no rush to get there. Truly unique and beautiful

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

One of the best experiences of my life! Great food, sights, and fun for all of my family. We will be back.

Thank Cheryl H
North Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

water fire in providence, a great place, to get bite to eat and walk along the river to listen to music. watching the small shows going on the best thing to do.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our boat ride and the activities with the various fire stations. We have attended this several years and although the same in many aspects, it is somewhat different in the ancillary activities going o nearby.

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Amelia Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before going to Providence... look up the Water Fire schedule. Hope that you have the night of live performances as the music permeates throughout the city. The water... The fire pots... the music.. The gondolas... all are part of the mystique of Water Fire. This may be one of the most romantic walks in the United States. Your're in Providence...... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 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 18 January 2017

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 18 January 2017

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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