May 27th, 2017 – Full Lighting

May 27th, 2017 – Full Lighting

This event is being sponsored by Bank of America and Brown University

May 27th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Sunset: 8:10 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:30 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
Music Program

Bank of America

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.


WaterFire Providence welcomes back sponsor Bank of America “At Bank of America, we believe that arts matter. They help economies thrive, help individuals connect with each other and across cultures, and educate and enrich communities. There is no better example of this than Waterfire,” said Bill Hatfield, Bank of America Rhode Island President. “We are proud of our commitment to this great organization and to a 7 year tradition of bringing our community together to showcase the creative talent and energy within Providence.”

WaterFire Providence also thanks Brown University for its generous support in honor of their commencement weekend, for this event.

Catch performances by Japanese drumming group Gendo Taiko

Gendo Taiko performs on the Waterplace Basin Stage. Photo by Kevin Murray.

Gendo Taiko performs on the Waterplace Basin Stage. Photo by Kevin Murray.

Gendo Taiko, Japanese drumming group, will be performing on the basin stage during the opening ceremony (8:30 p.m.), followed by a second performance at 9:30 p.m. Both performances will take place on the Basin Stage in Waterplace Park. Gendo, loosely translating to “path of free imagination,” represents the journeys taken by members in years past, and the experience of creative inspiration they hope to pass down to future members and audiences in the years to come.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, returns to Washington Street for the 2017 WaterFire Providence season. The Arts Festival Plaza and will be active from 6:00 – 11:30 p.m. This outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase artwork by Rhode Island-based artists.

Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:

Washington Street

On the River Walk between College and Washington Streets

College Street

Steeple Street

Waterplace Park Basin

Various Locations:

Visit Starry, Starry Night

Starry, Starry Night. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

Starry, Starry Night. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

The Starry, Starry Night Installation will shine brightly in Memorial Park. Join thousands of WaterFire visitors in Memorial Park where the public is encouraged to add their own light to the night. For a small donation to WaterFire, make a wish upon a star or place your very own message and luminaria candle lantern in the park. The park will be aglow with hanging blue stars and a constellation of twinkling luminaria candle lanterns below.

WaterFire’s favorite characters are back!

Andrew Lindsay lights the braziers on the Wall in Memorial Park. Photograph by Shaun Martins-Torres.

Andrew Lindsay lights the braziers on the Wall in Memorial Park. Photograph by Shaun Martins-Torres.

Fire Dancers Spogga, Andrew Lindsay and Ember Flynne will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence, on boats, and on the wall of braziers near Memorial Park.

Michael Grando

Mime artist Michael Grando

Mime artist Michael Grando will return again for this event. Be sure to catch Michael, in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.

Andrew Anselmo

Origami Master Andrew Anselmo will delight crowds of all ages near the RISD auditorium.

Charge up with National Grid

Photo by Tom Lincoln

Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on College Street and Canal Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.

Step back through history at the Governor Stephen Hopkins House

Governor Stephen Hopkins HouseMake time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours: Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. and April through November on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & until 10:00 p.m., when they fall on a full WaterFire lighting (the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m.).

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The museum is also open by appointment, for which there may be a modest admission charge. Please email shh1707@gmail.com to make an appointment.

 

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Tim Blankenship

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence
I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

28 Comments

  1. Alfredo Hernandez Chavez
    May 24, 2017

    Hi Friends Waterfire organizers, I would love to attend, but since don’t have place to stay overnight was wondering if you know AMTRAK is running trains from and back to Boston late this friday? Any information will be truly appreciated. Thank you.
    Alfredo Hernandez Chavez

    Reply
  2. Henry
    May 24, 2017

    What are the rules for river fire
    Chairs? Food, drink, etc
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      May 25, 2017

      Hi Henry, thanks for asking. Here are the basic rules when it comes to chairs: Fire marshal regulations do not permit folding chairs to by set up on any of the river walks to assure safe passage for all of our visitors. WaterFire is an event to be explored and savored on foot as you wander around to discover its many surprises, leave you chairs in the car and start exploring all that our event has to offer. There are non-walkway areas where visitors can and do set up chairs. You are welcome to bring you own food or drink or purchase something from one of our vendors. You can find more about planning a fun and safe trip to WaterFire on our website.

      Reply
  3. Siddharth
    May 25, 2017

    Hi, Just wanted to check, if May27th event is happening as scheduled. Given the weather condition looks rainy and or cloudy. Thanks for the help.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      May 26, 2017

      Yes, everything is a go. Saturday’s forecast is looking relatively good, slight clouds with pleasant temps.

      Reply
      • Siddharth
        May 26, 2017

        Thanks Tim. We are looking forward to attend. I have been there before. Time well spent always.

        Reply
  4. Jim Lantini
    May 25, 2017

    Where and what time can I catch the Japanese drumming group Gendo Taiko?

    Thank you!!

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      May 26, 2017

      They are performing during the lighting ceremony around 8:30 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. Both performances are on the Basin Stage in Waterplace Park.

      Reply
  5. Rita Jackson
    May 26, 2017

    Do you still have the gondola rides? If so, how much do they cost and how do I reserve one? Thanks!

    Reply
  6. Sahil Arora
    May 26, 2017

    We are planning to visit Sunday, Is this lightning event repeated this Sunday 5/28?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      May 26, 2017

      Hi Sahil, this event is taking place on Saturday only.

      Reply
  7. Bill
    May 26, 2017

    Hello!

    The information above about the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza says that, “the Arts Festival Plaza and will be active from 7:00 – 11:30 p.m. on Friday night” – but tomorrow’s lighting is of course on a Saturday.

    Is this just a typo, or does that part of the event really only operate on Friday evenings, which in the case of this weekend’s lighting would be the day before the lighting event itself?

    Thanks in advance for the clarification!

    -Bill

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    • Tim Blankenship
      May 26, 2017

      This is a typo.

      Reply
      • Bill
        May 26, 2017

        Very good, thanks for the confirmation – hope you have a great holiday weekend!

        Reply
  8. Stephanie
    May 26, 2017

    We are new to Rhode Island and this will be our first WaterFire experience. Where do you recommend to park?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      May 30, 2017

      Hi Stephanie, sorry for the late response. For future reference info about parking can found here: http://waterfire.org/visit.

      Reply
  9. Joanne
    May 27, 2017

    Hello!
    Just wondering who I need to contact to get more Information on being a craft vendor?
    Thank you
    Joanne

    Reply
  10. David Tavares
    May 27, 2017

    How do I ride the boats? I want to take my girlfriend on them but Im finding no info on how to ride. Help please!

    Reply
  11. Tony Horton
    May 28, 2017

    I’m from Providence , and Im married to a beautiful Polynesian family.. I wanted to share their culture with my RI family and friends. They do hula shows with the fire knife dancers… I was wondering if we can talk about a show.

    Reply
  12. Beth
    May 31, 2017

    I have never been to WaterFire but it appears as though there is a lighting June 10. Can you tell me more in terms of time, exact location for the best activities and possibly a schedule of events? I am staying in federal hill.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      June 1, 2017

      Hi Beth, there is indeed a lighting on June 10th. We are finalizing the details and the specifics will be post here on our website early next week. Thanks for supporting WaterFire Providence and enjoy your stay in Providence.

      Reply
  13. Ashish
    June 26, 2017

    May i know when is the next waterfire show ? from website looks like its on Jul 8th. So don’t we have anything ln the coming weekend of july 4th ?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      June 27, 2017

      Yes, the next lighting is on July 8th.

      Reply

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