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Dates:Only on 9/4, 9/9, 9/18, 9/24, 10/2, 10/16, 10/27, 11/6, 12/4 between 9/4/21 - 12/4/21
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun
waterfire providence 2021 photoWaterFire - a fire sculpture by Barnaby Evans - 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 while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music.

The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire.

2021 Schedule

Saturday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend)
Thanking COVID Heroes including Essential Workers
**Full lighting

Thursday, September 9 (RAINED OUT)
Supported by Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC
Celebrating their 15th anniversary
Partial lighting

Saturday, September 18
Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI with RI Department of Education
Partial lighting

Friday, September 24
Supported by University of Rhode Island
URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement
Partial lighting

Saturday, October 2
“Then. Now. Next: 50 Years of Women at Providence College”
Supported by Providence College
**Full lighting

Saturday, October 16
Supported by BIPOC Arts, Technology and Business and Brown University
**Full lighting

Wednesday, October 27
WaterFire’s 25th Birthday Celebration!
Supported by the RI Manufacturers Association
Partial lighting

Saturday, November 6
9th Annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans
**Full lighting

Saturday, December 4
WaterFire Celebrates the Holidays
Partial lighting

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 firetenders floating by in their torch-lit vessels, and the extraordinary music from around the world engage all of the senses and evoke unique emotions from the many thousands who come to stroll along the river walks.

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Select nights at Sunset - see schedule

Partial Lighting Dates
Wednesday, June 17th 8:30
Tuesday, August 18 - Basin Only



Rhode Island

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  • Most Waterfires dates are full lightings, however, several dates include a lighting of a portion of the full installation. Some prefer the smaller lightings because they are less crowded.

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