475 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02908
Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday through Sunday
Open late until 9:00 pm on Thursdays
While Rhode Island is rich with cultural assets and resources, including art museums and galleries, our great state was in need of a contemporary art center in the state that could host large installations. The WaterFire Arts Center is a flexible venue that fills that void. Work exhibited in the WaterFire Arts Center aligns with WaterFire Providence’s mission to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement, and creatively transforming the city, while valuing contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and highlighting women, artists of color, and underrepresented practitioners. The WaterFire Arts Center will further their agenda of providing arts and cultural opportunities and experiences for all, regardless of social, cultural, or economic background.
Initially built in 1929, for the US Rubber Company as a multi-purpose manufacturing facility, WaterFire Providence completed renovation of the WaterFire Arts Center in May of 2017.
The preserved industrial framework of the building remains exposed with steel beams, creating a beautiful vaulted ceiling in the Main Hall. Historic wood roof panels, paint swatches, and period bricks can also be found intact allowing for a distinctive antique aesthetic for any style of event.
One of the unique features of the WaterFire Arts Center is the Main Hall, which provides 15,000 square feet of uninterrupted exhibition, performance, and production space, with a 40-foot ceiling.
The preserved industrial framework of the building remains exposed with steel beams creating a beautiful vaulted ceiling in the Main Hall. Historic wood roof panels, paint swatches, and period bricks can also be found intact allowing for a distinctive antique aesthetic for any style of event.
The WaterFire Arts Center is available for your next event! From galas and weddings to business lunches and trade shows, they can make your event in Providence a roaring success.
Furthermore, the epic wedding team at Russell Morin Catering and Events, their exclusive catering partner, is ready to help you plan your perfect modern wedding at the WaterFire Arts Center.
“Creating magical, memorable events is what we love to do. And we’ve been doing it for more than 100 years. As a full-service caterer, our team of culinary experts and seasoned event coordinators are there for you from the first meeting until you say goodbye to your last guest. With Russell Morin, you can take a deep breath and relax, knowing we’ve taken care of every last detail. After all, we want you to savor the food and the moment.”
January 2024 WaterFire Arts Center Event
Rhode Island Brew Fest | 2024
Join in on a winter celebration of delicious craft beer at the 2024 Rhode Island Brew Fest at Waterfire Arts Center in Providence.
By: Gray Matter Marketing
Saturday, January 27, 2024 · 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Gray Matter Marketing is excited to host the eleventh annual Rhode Island Brew Fest, a celebration of American craft breweries featuring the best brews the Ocean State has to offer. Join them on Saturday, January 27, 2024, as they host 55+ breweries, with over 175 beers to sample from. The event will have two, three-hour sampling sessions, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Each session will feature live music, local vendors, and a food court.
The impeccably renovated WaterFire Arts Center has high ceilings and massive windows showcasing the rich history of this building’s industrial past, while clean lines and contemporary finishes clearly define this space as a cutting-edge event venue.
Rhode Island Brewers Guild
They proudly support the attending brewers by purchasing all of their products at the festival. Unlike many beer festivals, there are no booth fees for brewers; they actually pay you to participate, on top of donating a portion of every ticket sold to the Rhode Island Brewers Guild.
The Rhode Island Brewers Guild is the official brewery association in Rhode Island, existing to support and promote Rhode Island Craft Breweries. Plan your Rhode Island brewery tour by downloading the RI Brewery Passport, exclusively distributed by our non-profit organization, the Rhode Island Brewers Guild. Visit Rhode Island’s Craft breweries, enjoy fresh craft beer, and get your RI Brewery Passport digitally stamped to win exclusive prizes!
Rhode Island Brewers Guild
PO Box 6215, Warwick, RI 02887
The Rhode Island Brew Fest is a 21+ event. No one under the legal age will be admitted, including minors, children, infants, and babies. No pets allowed.
Extreme Weather Policy
Their events are held rain, snow, or shine. However, there is always the potential for extreme or severe winter weather conditions. Event organizers will do as much as they can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the event may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, they reserve the right to alter or cancel the event. They do not schedule “rain dates.” Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel, as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS, as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when purchasing tickets.
Please check their website, Facebook page, and your email, before the festival for any changes or cancellations.