Providence, Rhode Island is an often overlooked New England city, but it has plenty of great dining, proximity to beautiful beaches, educational institutions like Brown University and Providence College, and plenty more to offer visitors. It’s also a short train ride or drive from both Boston and New York City, making it a perfect weekend getaway without having to go far. Summer is a great time to visit Providence, when WaterFire, a  favorite summer art series, lights up the city.


WaterFire Providence

When the days start to get longer, locals and visitors gather on the rivers of downtown Providence at sunset to marvel at beautiful, fiery sculptures ignited in the water.

WaterFire is the creation of artists Barnaby Evans, and it began as a celebration of the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence in 1994. Its popularity and demand resulted in a second installation in 1996. From there, supporters encouraged Evans to create an ongoing installation which has grown and thrived, becoming a must-see event for anyone visiting the area or living nearby.


WaterFire is not just a stunning visual experience; music is an important part of each installation, with each year having its own WaterFire soundtrack selected by Evans. Each WaterFire night feels like a festival and is a great way for the family to get out and enjoy summer in Providence and all that the city has to offer. Start planning your trip to Providence by finding the 2018 WaterFire schedule here.

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