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August 15th, 2015 – Full Lighting

Photo by Duane Brouillette

Sponsored by: Amica Insurance and Nortek


Amica Insurance

Amica Insurance has been a proud supporter of WaterFire Providence, and we are happy to continue our support of this magical experience, which remains free to the public.




Nortek, Inc.

At Nortek, we make the places where people live and work better with innovative air management, security, automation and audio visual products. We are pleased to partner with WaterFire Providence to celebrate the city and community that has been home to our global headquarters for almost 50 years.


August 15th, 2015 Event Info:

Sunset: 7:47 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:07 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
Music Program

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.

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Clear Currents returns for 2015 with two nights of paddling fun at WaterFire on August 15th and September 12th. Learn more and sign up now.

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Things to see:

Before the lighting: Washington Returns to Providence

Dean Malissa as George Washington

On Saturday, August 15, Mount Vernon’s “official historical portrayer” of Washington, the world-renowned Dean Malissa, will join the Rhode Island Historical Society to present Washington Returns to Providence, one of the most exciting public history events of the summer. You are invited to spend the day with our country’s first commander-in-chief and enjoy such festivities as a walking tour that explores the sites he visited, family-friendly activity booths, photo opportunities, and refreshments authentic to the period. Visit the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Clear Currents Koi Fish on the Rivers

Clear Currents paddlers in the Waterplace Park Basin. Photo by Erin Cuddigan.
Clear Currents paddlers in the Waterplace Park Basin. Photo by Erin Cuddigan.

Grab Your Paddles and Help Us Light Up the River 

Starting at sunset, volunteer canoeists and kayakers with illuminated Japanese koi fish mounted to their vessels will paddle up and down the river in schools beautifully complimenting the burning braziers. WaterFire Providence is excited to have so many different community members joining us as part of this effort to bring awareness to the health and cleanliness of one of WaterFire and Providence’s greatest resources: Water!

Charge up the night with National Grid!

Visitors make use of a National Grid Courtesy Phone Charging Station. Photo by John Nickerson.

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

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street – Open 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.

WaterFire Providence volunteers at the The WaterFire Store on Canal Street, photo by Jennifer Gervais.

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The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
Washington and Steeple Streets – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.

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

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Located on Washington Street and on Steepl Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

Dunkin’ Donuts Returns to WaterFire

Free samples from Dunkin' Donuts. Photo by David Amadio.

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Stop by the Dunkin Donuts location at the corner of Canal and Washington Streets and quench your thirst with free samples of Dunkin’ Donuts Mango Passion Fruit Coolatta and Oreo Ice Coffee.

Gerbermühle:  Biergarten unter den Weiden – Beer Garden Under the Willows
Waterplace Basin 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden

Gerbermühle:  Biergarten unter den Weiden in partnership with Trinity Brewhouse.   In a friendly salute to our new international air partner, Frankfurt, Germany (with non-stop flights on Condor Air from T. F. Green PVD Airport), WaterFire has opened a beer garden on the Woonasquatucket in partnership with Trinity Brewhouse.   The new beer garden with German beer and food focusing on Frankfurt specialties is located just upstream of  Waterplace Basin in the heart of the downtown river park, under the willow trees at the foot of the IGT building.  Forty five tables, specially made by WaterFire will mount on the river railing overlooking the double row of bonfires for your dining pleasure.

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


College Street
Taste of India
Parkside Rotisserie & Bar
Ron’s Pastry Gourmet

Canal Walk, near the RISD Campus
Frenchy’s Popcorn
The Nutty Bavarian

Steeple Street
Fat Belly’s Irish Pub Beer Garden



Washington Street
UMelt – Lobster Rolls
Flatbread Company
Kettle Korn Express

Various Locations
Del’s Lemonade


Catch your favorite WaterFire performers:

Spogga spins the fire. Photo by Jon Waugh.

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Fire dancer Spogga Hash will be performing during the lighting ceremony and along the installation several times during the evening.

Mime artist Michael Grando as Pierrot. Photo by Yessenia Pineda.

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Mime artist Michael Grando will make his 2015 season debut. 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.

One of Ten31 Production's gargoyle characters at WaterFire Providence. Photo by John Nickerson.

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Visit the living statues in Memorial Park at the World War I monument. Ten31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.

Historical Open Houses

Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The last tour begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.

The Nursing Placement First Aid Station on Washington Street – 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Providing a safe environment for our visitors while they are enjoying WaterFire Providence is a top priority for us. Should you need assistance a first aid station is available at the top of Washington Street behind the Arts Festival Plaza.

The Nursing Placement Mobile First Aid Station

Nursing Placement the official first aid provider at WaterFire events will offer first aid care to the public at any time during the event. Additionally, the venue will serve as a meeting place for missing children and parents to reunite. The First Aid RV will be located on Washington Street and can be found on all WaterFire event maps. Nursing Placement will also be taking applications for new team members to help serve the RI population.

Hitch a ride with Sol Chariots Pedicab

Sol Chariots Pedicab

Sol Chariots Pedicab Cooperative is a local, worker-owned cooperative business operating in Providence RI that provides sustainable, pedal-powered transportation services.

Operating mostly in the downtown area, Sol Chariots primarily provides a bike taxi service for short-distance transportation, as well as a new way to experience and explore the city of Providence. A pick-up and drop-off location will be established along the northbound lane of Memorial Boulevard between College and Washington Streets.

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