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3 reviews of WaterFire

Elizabeth Georgian

Waterfire Event

Waterfire is a very cool event that happens in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Waterfire began in 1994 as a one time art event, but it was so well received that it has continued. On evenings that Waterfire occurs, you’ll find craft and food stalls set-up along the river, and loads of people having fun. Once it starts getting dark, you’ll see people vying for the best spot along the water to watch the show. As the name suggests, torches are lit in the river and boats of performers parade along with the current. It is really exciting to watch. Do plan to find a spot early as it can get crowded during these events.

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Johnna Kaplan

Light Up the Night

Sometimes large, hyped-up events aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. But WaterFire, which turns Providence’s three rivers (the Woonasquatucket, Moshassuck, and Providence) into pathways for floating flames, is every bit as spectacular as everyone says it is.

On select summer and fall evenings, bonfires are lit along the waterways, and it seems as if the whole city turns out to take in the atmosphere. The event began 20 years ago and has grown ever since, incorporating music, art, and more. But the best way to understand what WaterFire is all about is simply to wander down to the water,

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Jennifer Cozendey

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