Waterfire Providence

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.

About WaterFire

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 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, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances. Boats pass quietly before the flames, as black-clad performers 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 scent of blazing cedar and pine, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire tenders, 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 emotions from the many thousands who come to stroll along the river walks.

WaterFire is typically held May through November, on Saturday evenings about twice a month. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. View a map of the WaterFire region. 

Thinking about dining at a restaurant along the WaterFire route during the event? Cafe Nuovo, The Capital Grille, Hemenway's and Jacky's Waterplace all have great river views. 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 easy walking distance. Check out a complete list of Providence restaurants.


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Providence Ghost Tours

Let us lead you by lantern light through Providence's historic East Side neighborhood! Tours depart from Prospect Terrace Park May through December, with nightly tours July 1st through October 31st. Please see our website for scheduling details and to purchase tickets. You never knew the East Side had such a Dark Side!"

Where to Eat

Browse through our listings of restaurants throughout the state and be sure to check to see if reservations are required.

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Make planning your next vacation easier by choosing from an array of inclusive getaway packages being offered by Providence area hotels.

Area Hotels

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There is always something fun and exciting to do in Providence at night. Sing your heart out at karaoke or show off your trivia smarts at one of WRIK Entertainment's events, laugh the night away at the Comedy Connection of Rhode Island, break out some dance moves or sit back and take in the diverse music scene, or tuck away in a corner at one of the many unique bars and lounges. Providence's nightlife scene will make for an amazing and memorable evening in the city.