Waterplace Basin with Braziers. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

Waterplace Basin with Braziers. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

We are working hard to make the 2017 season the best yet. Our full schedule will be out in the Spring.

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WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2016 donors, their ongoing support has helped to light up Downtown Providence once again.

We are actively working on fundraising and sponsors for the 2017 season and we encourage all of our fans to make a donation to help keep the fires burning. Thank you!

2017 Schedule of WaterFire Providence Lightings

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.

Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place mall. Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street.

More details for each event will posted here as they become available.

Saturday, April 8th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 7:19 p.m.
Sponsored by: Hemophilia Federation Of America

Friday, April 28th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 7:41 p.m.
Sponsored by: Rotary Conference 2017, LLC

As sponsorship develops, WaterFire will announce  additional lightings and programming – watch for updates here and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2017 season.

You can help us keep the fires burning by making a donation to keep the fires burning, joining the Brazier Society of WaterFire Providence, or by becoming a WaterFire Providence sponsor.

WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence webpage is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants and other local attractions. Ignite Providence is a WaterFire curated website presenting activities and events in and around Providence on WaterFire weekends that helps visitors explore a longer stay in the Creative Capital.

Each year WaterFire attracts nearly 1 million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the city. Annually, WaterFire activity creates $113 million in economic output for local businesses, generates over $9 million of tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supports 1,294 jobs for community residents.


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.