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August 23rd, 2014 – Full Lighting

Clear Currents Koi Fish in the Waterplace Park Basin. Photo by Erin Smithers.

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August 23rd, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 7:35pm

All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 8/19/14.

The soundtrack listing for this event is now available.

11:00am – Benefit Street: A Mile of History walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free
For more information or to make reservations, please contact Barbara Barnes at 401-273-7507 x362 or

5:30pm – 11:30pm The WaterFire Store on Canal Street

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

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WaterFire Providence lapel pins, photo by Jennifer Bonin. 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.

6:00pm – 10:30pm The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street

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

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Located on Washington 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.

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Grupo Ondas Capoeira Batizado on the Waterplace Park Stage

Capoeira Batizado on the Waterplace Basin Stage. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

  • Enjoy the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Grupo Ondas that combines fighting, dancing, acrobatics, and music into a “game” that is as breath-taking to watch as it is to play!

7:00pm – 11:00pm The Ignite Music Stage at WaterFire Providence on Steeple Street


Presented by Geico | Local Office and Fat Belly’s Pub the Ignite Stage will bring even more music to the night!


Tony Cerbo performing at the WaterFire Providence Ballroom. Photo by John Nickerson.



Featuring Tony Cerbo, a local Rhode Islander and nationally recognized crooner. Be sure to be on the dance floor as this local legend brings the Rat Pack back to life! With a special appearance from the Exult Choir from the Mixed Magic Theatre, formed in 2006, the critically-acclaimed Mixed Magic Exult Choir was brought together in an effort to honor and preserve America’s great gospel music tradition. 

Guests are invited to stop by to check out the music and grab a drink from Fat Belly’s outdoor bar and take a photo with the Geico Gecko, and dance their socks off starting at 7:00 PM.

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The Exult Choir

Sunset – 11:00pm Clear Currents: Paddle WaterFire

Clear Currents Koi Fish. Photo by David Amadio.

Grab Your Paddles and Help Us Light Up the River During WaterFire Providence’s Clear Currents Event On Saturday, August 23rd.

What is Clear Currents?

Clear Currents is the portion of the evening’s WaterFire lighting that incorporates 100 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The light from these brightly colored fish will beautifully compliment the 80 wood burning braziers installed on the river!

There are still paddling opportunities available: sign up for this great event today.

Sunset – 11:30pm National Grid Courtesy Phone Charging Stations.

National Grid Courtesy Phone Chargin Stations. Photo by Jennifer Bonin.

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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 Canal Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.

Sunset – 10:30pm Fire Dancers Performing Along the River

Spogga Sparkler, photo by Thomas Payne.

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Spogga Hash will be performing  on the river starting with the lighting of the braziers on the wall in Memorial Park. They will be performing several times in various locations throughout the evening.

Bike Taxi Tours at WaterFire Providence from Eco Pedicab on Washington Street

Eco Pedicab

Eco Pedicab provides safe, fast, and fun pedicab rides. Their Pedicabs are 100% human powered, for the most environmentally friendly option of public transportation.

They will have a pedicab pickup station on the Washington street bridge and canal walk, though never hesitate to just yell “Pedicab!!” if you see us on the streets

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About the author

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence | + posts by author

I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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