Not familiar with the Providence Waterfires? The Waterfires are a public/performance art event consisting of 100 torch-lit vessels installed on three rivers that pass through downtown Providence in Waterplace Park (the Woonasquatucket, Moshassuck, and Providence). First created by award-winning sculpture Barnaby Evans in 1994, the Waterfires have grown to attract hundreds of thousands every year. Attendance averages about 40,000 for each burn. Waterfires are a free public art installation/urban festival that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The bulk of the Waterfire schedule, as one might expect, runs through the warm weather months of June through September. But there are typically partial and basin fires sporadically through fall and winter months as well as a few in the early spring. To find the “off-season” Waterfires check out the Waterfire schedule.