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Saturday, August 3

03aug6:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, August 3Full Lighting

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Clear Currents (Photograph by Erin X. Smithers)
Photograph by Erin X. Smithers

Due to declining revenue from sponsorship, the long-term financial impacts caused by the pandemic and in an effort to reduce expenses, our summer WaterFire events will now end at 11 PM instead of midnight. Thank you for understanding.

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Saturday, August 3
Full Lighting – Clear Currents Community Paddling Night
Sunset (8:00 pm) – 11:00 pm
Supported by Cox Business and Fidelity Investments
Onshore programming and vendors open at 6:30 pm

Our 2024 Clear Currents Community Paddling Night is made possible by a grant from Rhode Island Commerce’s RI Rebounds Placemaking Initiative.

Grab Your Paddles and Help Us Light Up the River During WaterFire’s Clear Currents Community Paddling Event on Saturday, August 3.

What is Clear Currents?

Clear Currents is a community paddling event celebrating clean water in Rhode Island. This improved water quality in the entire bay area over the past few years is due to the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow.

Clear Currents features close to 70 registered kayaks paddling up and down the river after sunset, with illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on the front of the kayaks. The brightly colored fish beautifully complement the 76 wood-burning braziers installed on the river!

WaterFire Walking Tours

WaterFire Walking Tour tickets are now available for purchase online. Led by long-time WaterFire volunteers, this tour covers the remarkable origin story, artistry, and hidden gems of Providence’s most cherished event. Guests will walk through the heart of the city, following alongside the path of the braziers that will be lit just a few short hours later.

WaterFire Access Program

WaterFire Access Boat rides are now available to reserve for June 1 and throughout the lighting season. The WaterFire Access Program is a water taxi that provides an experience of the artwork for children and adults with disabilities to ensure that they can join in the most popular arts event in the state and share the experience with their families and friends. Contact [email protected] to learn more about the program or to schedule a ride.

Event Times

August 3, 2024 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.(GMT-04:00)


WaterFire Providence

WaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

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