Providence's signature event is WaterFire, an award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown Providence. Created by local artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has become a must-see for visitors. Click here to view a map of the WaterFire region.
WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to the music and watching the performances. Black-clad performers in boats passing quietly before the flames tend the fires from sunset to midnight.
WaterFire is an experience that surrounds viewers on all sides and impacts all five senses. The crackling flames, the fragrant scent of blazing cedar and pine, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire tenders passing by the flames, the flotilla of performers traveling along the river in torch-lit vessels and the extraordinary music from all over the world engage all of the senses and evoke unique emotions from the many thousands who come to stroll along the river walks.
WaterFires are held May through October, typically on Saturday evenings about twice a month. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. More information is available at www.WaterFire.org.
Thinking about dining at a restaurant along the WaterFire route during a WaterFire? Be sure to make your reservations at least one week in advance, as tables with a view fill up quickly. There are also plenty of great restaurants just off the WaterFire route but still within and easy walking distance. Click for a complete list of Providence restaurants.