WaterFire is a highly unique public art experience that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Rhode Island’s creative capital city of Providence. The event is based on an original artistic installation of bonfires lit on the three waterways passing through downtown Providence. On select Saturday evenings throughout the year, WaterFire creates a magical artistic event celebrating earth, air, fire and water. Amidst the flickering firelight of 100 bonfires, stroll through Waterplace Park and enjoy music and entertainment from around the world. Please see complete schedule for event dates.
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(Weekends) King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire is tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King's Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup. Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
Every Friday from September 2nd through October 14th, hop aboard the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a three-hour Swallow Cruise down the Connecticut River to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon! Only this time of year do hundreds of thousands of Tree Swallows flock over Goose Island to roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such numbers that they show up on weather radar! September cruises depart at 5 p.m. October cruises depart at 3:30 p.m. Price: $35.
Celebrate the fall season at The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast celebrating 100 years in 2016. For 17 days during New England’s most colorful season, enjoy free top-name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, rides, shopping, crafts, parades, and foods from around the world. Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Take a step inside and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England.
Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Located in the communities surrounding Acadia National Park, the Acadia Night Sky Festival features many art, music, science, poetry, and stargazing events. Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as someplace “that still has stars.” Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights. Activities include a Star Party on Cadillac Mountain and a Bioluminescent Night Paddle, an evening paddling about Castine Harbor, a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for glow-in-the-dark water organisms.