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Dates:Only on 6/3, 6/18, 6/24, 7/14, 7/22, 8/19, 9/2, 9/9, 9/30, 11/4 between 4/1/23 - 11/4/23
Hours:Select nights at Sunset - see schedule
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun
waterfire providence 2023 2024 dates coming soon 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.

2023 WaterFire Lighting Schedule

Saturday, June 3
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 8:15 pm ) – Midnight

Sunday, June 18
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Basin
Sunset ( 8:23 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, June 24
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 8:24 pm ) – Midnight

Friday, July 14
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Basin
Sunset ( 8:19 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, July 22
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 8:13 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, August 19
Clear Currents Fire Community Paddling Night
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 7:40 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, September 2
Labor Day Weekend
Partial Lighting
Sunset ( 7:17 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, September 9
Full Lighting, PVDFest
Sunset ( 7:05 pm ) – Midnight

Saturday, September 30
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 6:29 pm ) – 11:00 pm

Saturday, November 4
WaterFire’s Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 5:36 pm ) – 10:00 pm

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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  • 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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