This simple concept, lighting bonfires in the rivers of downtown Providence, has become a wildly successful public art project, drawing tens of thousands of people to each lighting. It runs more than a dozen nights a year, and on some nights stages are set up that feature free live music or dancing. Despite the crowds, the mood is calm and relaxed as people chill out listening to music piped into the riverway, watching fire dancers or gazing at the flames from the shore.
The schedule for the rest of 2013 includes lightings scheduled for Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. Details at www.waterfire.org/schedule/2013-waterfire-event-schedule .