WaterFire Columbus is becoming one of the most exciting arts exhibits in Central Ohio since it began in 2005. The magnificent array of bonfires was first established on the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island in 1997. In downtown Columbus the flames reflect on the waters of the Scioto River. Audience members gather throughout the summer at Genoa Park for an evening of natural art, music and activities.
The event expanded from 19 braziers in 2008 to 37 for the 2010 Season and will feature over 55 new braziers during the course of the 2012 Burn Season. WaterFire Columbus has created nine events for the 2012 Burn Season partnering with different performing arts organizations.
WaterFire Columbus is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors which oversees the organization.
Promotions One was hired in 2007 to promote and produce the event.
All funds for WaterFire are raised through corporate sponsors, charitable grants, individual contributions and in-kind donations.
WaterFire Columbus involves more than 50 volunteers, community leaders, businesses, property owners, media, corporate partners and many others who help make the event possible.
Amphitheater seating at Genoa Park will open at 6:30 p.m. The performing partner will take stage at 7:30 p.m. followed by the lighting of more than 30 braziers at 8:30 p.m. After the Scioto River is ablaze there will be another performance at 9:00 p.m. and the evening will conclude at 10:00 p.m.
East side of COSI in Genoa Park.
WaterFire Columbus’ mission is to provide a unique spectacle that brings family and friends together while enjoying music, bonfires and riverfront entertainment in Downtown Columbus.
The Board's goal is to expand relationships with additional performing arts groups in Central Ohio.