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Saturday, August 17

17aug6:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, August 17Full Lighting

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Photograph by Christian Podzon
Photograph by Christian Podzon

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Saturday, August 17
Full Lighting
Sunset ( 7:42 pm ) – 11:00 pm
Supported by the Providence Tourism Council with additional support from Red Bull
Wake the Flames, a Red Bull Wakeskating performance from 8:10-8:50 pm in the Waterplace Park Basin
Onshore programming and vendors open at 6:30 pm

Join us for a full lighting on Saturday, August 17, made possible through critical funding from the Providence Tourism Council (PTC) and with support from Red Bull. The lighting will begin at 7:30 PM and the braziers will remain lit until 11:00 PM. The wakeskating performance in the basin will begin at 8:10 PM and conclude at 8:50 PM.

Wake the Flames, a Red Bull Wakeskating Performance

WaterFire Providence and Red Bull will partner up this summer, for Wake the Flames, an extraordinary wakeskating performance by Red Bull Athlete Brian Grubb. Grubb will enter the river on a foil, transitioning to wakeskating in the basin of Waterplace Park. Guests are invited to come down and witness Grubb’s stunts after sunset as he performs wakeskating maneuvers amid the illuminated fires. This promises to be an unforgettable experience for all thrill-seekers. The wakeskating performance in the Waterplace Park Basin will begin at 8:10 PM and conclude at 8:50 PM.

Brian Grubb is a three-time world champion and a pioneer of wakeskating. Brian has become one of the most influential individuals in the sport, pushing the boundaries with projects in unique locations. Brian’s most recent project, Wakebase was an astonishing accomplishment and success, where he garnered national and international media attention, wakeskating behind a high-powered drone off the tallest infinity pool in the world. 

“I’m excited to come to Waterfire Providence this summer and show people wakeskating,” says Grubb. “My roots are in the Northeast so it’s always a pleasure to come back. This will be a unique experience for both me and the spectators to enjoy.”

Event Times

August 17, 2024 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.(GMT-04:00)


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