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Several 2012 WaterFire dates announced

Start booking your hotel rooms and making dinner reservations! WaterFire has already announced a few dates for full lightings this summer, with more to follow.

  • Saturday, May 26th
  • Saturday, June 9th
  • Saturday, June 23rd*
  • Saturday, July 21st*
  • Saturday, July 7th
  • Saturday, August 18th*
  • Saturday, September 15th*
  • Saturday, September 29th

Basin fires are also planned for Saturday, April 21st; Monday, May 21st; and Friday, June 1st. On those nights, a circle of 20 braziers in the Waterplace Park will be lit, along with 5 braziers leading up to Providence Place.

Since the mid-1990s, WaterFire has inspired more than ten million visitors by combining sparking bonfires with the sound of enchanting music and the scent of wood smoke. Just honored with the 2012 New England Travel Readers’ Choice Award for Best New England Festival or Event, WaterFire truly brings the Providence waterfront to life. Experience it for yourself!

*On these dates, the plaza at the intersection of Westminster and Weybosset will be filled with musicians and dancers. Get ready to dance at the TD Bank Ballroom in front of the Turks Head Building!