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Address: 100 Canal Walk, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903
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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If in Rhode Island you must experience our Waterfire!

The visual experience, scent of the wood burning on the river, beautiful music, playing throughout the Waterfire, begins with the lighting of the torches at the Basin. Food from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Kacphd
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The visual experience, scent of the wood burning on the river, beautiful music, playing throughout the Waterfire, begins with the lighting of the torches at the Basin. Food from the best restaurants, the history of the city, relaxed and breathtaking, gargoyles!

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Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of the lovely things about Providence. It brings the community together and the fires are beautiful. This is not a 5 star attraction as it's really just some lit pots in water but it's worth a visit. It does make the restaurants extra busy which is kind of a bummer if you like sitting at the bar!

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much fun on a beautiful summer night. If you're going to take full advantage of all Waterfires has to offer you should be aware that you'll do a lot of walking. If you have small kids or older friends/family going with you, it might be an issue, as the first hurdle tends to be parking, and from there you'll... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time visiting Riverfire. The live music was eclectic and added to the experience. Walking around the site was a joy--everyone was happy and polite even though it was crowded, the vendors were fun (I bought 2 pairs of unique earrings), and the inclusion of a tribute to veterans was tasteful and meaningful. We had a great... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasant & enjoyable. Nice variety of music. So glad we got to experience this. Would do it again.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WaterFire Providence is an amazing event that you just must see! Great music selection and brasiers of fire along with some best local food caterers, real italian gondolas will surely please you! Parking is always difficult for out-of-towners but if you do some homework it will be fine. You should also know that this event of a trully international scale... More 

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Rockford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the last WaterFire of the season and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There was plenty of good food and great times.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

waterfire is one of the best outdoor experiences you will get for free, not to mention if i had to pay for it i definitely would and be happy about it. just go, you wont be disappointed.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Downtown Providence beckons and the fire walk is a great experience to see anytime. Lots of people ambience, and things to see and do.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This event is a great and never gets old. It is a fun experience and great for families, couples or to just hang out and watch the fires and people.

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