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August 29th, 2015 – Full Lighting

Photo by Jennifer Bedford

Thanks to the generous support of the Textron Charitable Trust.

August 29th, 2015 Event Info:

Sunset: 7:26 p.m.
Lighting time:  7:46 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.

Things to see:

Tango at WaterFire!

Argentine Tango
Argentine tango dancers. Photo via Brendan’s Adventures.

Argentine Tango Returns to WaterFire Providence. Most popularly seen as stage performances with their elaborate choreographies, Argentine Tango is more often danced as an intimate improvisation involving a leader and a follower in a social atmosphere where dancers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the pleasures of this music and dance style. The performances at WaterFire Providence will be the much more accessible version, danced at social dances all over the world. Performers come from Providence Tango, Argentine Tango at the Towers, and with dancers from other locations in New England.

Every dance is unique, none of the dance is choreographed, but rather it is a fusion of the dancers, the music and the feelings in that moment. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. and running throughout the evening performances will happen spontaneously at various locations along the installation. Members of the public are encouraged to participate.

Visit the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial

Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial.
Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial.

WaterFire is honored to welcome the new Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to Memorial Park tonight.  The Memorial designed by RI artist Jonathan Bonner with landscape architect Will Green was made possible by the Holocaust Memorial Committee chaired by Herbert B. Stern.

The Memorial is offered in tribute to all that we have lost and all that we have learned as a place for meaningful reflection with hopes to create a kinder world.  It was dedicated on August 26, 2015 in a ceremony including Mayor Jorge Elorza and Congressman James Langevin, Rabbi Wayne Franklin, Rabbi Barry Dolinger and Rabbi Sarah Mack.  Prayers and songs were sung by Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein, whose voice joins us tonight as we affirm our support to this important Memorial and its higher purpose.

Please join us at WaterFire each night in making your own offering of a pledge of remembrance at the stone in the circle of light at the new memorial.

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 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.

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

Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden

Gerbermuhle:  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


Instameet PVD – Starting at 7:00 p.m. in Burnside Park

Instameet PVD

Join Instameet PVD for their 3rd instameet in Providence for some outdoor shooting in downtown + at WaterFire Providence! They will be meeting at Burnside Park (Kennedy Plaza) by the water fountain at 7:00 p.m. There will be quite a bit of walking so wear those comfy shoes! Bring your camera, phone… + friends! Grab drinks/bite to eat after all the photo fun at at the G Pub!

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.

5 thoughts on “August 29th, 2015 – Full Lighting”

    1. The best place to park is the Providence Place Mall. You can park all night for $5 and the mall is right across the street from the event. Expect to wait in line on the way out, it does get crowded so expect to wait in line on way out. More info can be found at

    2. Free Outdoor Lighted Parking is available at the state capital building.No lines,easy in and out and monitored by state employed workers.

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