You can travel the globe and never find anything quite like WaterFire. A series of nearly 100 bonfires that seems to magically perch on the three rivers of downtown Providence, WaterFire is actually an art installation. Created by local artist and Brown grad Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to Providence every year.
WaterFire is a multisensory spectacle, replete with the comforting aroma of burning wood and the lilting tones of carefully curated music, which amplifies the experience. Street performers, musicians and thousands of attendees add to the enchantment. Best of all, the entire incredible experience is free.
Full lightings wind through the downtown area, while partial lightings are confined to the Waterplace Basin. Fires begin at dusk.
Here are the dates for the 2021 WaterFire Season:
Saturday, September 4
Thanking COVID Heroes Including Essential Workers
Saturday, October 2
Then, Now, Next: 50 Years of Women at Providence College
Supported by Providence College
Saturday, October 16
Supported by BIPOC Arts, Technology and Business and Brown University
Saturday, November 6
9th Annual Salute to Veterans
Thursday, September 9
Supported by Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC Celebrating Their 15-year Anniversary
Saturday, September 18
Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI with the RI Department of Education
Friday, September 24
Supported by University of Rhode Island, URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement
Wednesday, October 27
WaterFire's 25th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, December 4
WaterFire Celebrating the Holidays
WaterFire Providence Partial Lighting
Wednesday, October 27Partial Lighting WaterFire’s 25th Birthday Celebration! Supported by the RI Manufacturers Association
WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Saturday, November 6The 2021 WaterFire Salute to Veterans will be a full lighting.
WaterFire Celebrates the Holidays
Saturday, December 4Partial lighting to celebrate the holidays.