Saturday, June 24
WaterFire Providence announces a full lighting this Saturday, June 24, supported by Textron Charitable Trust. The lighting will begin at 8:24 PM and the braziers will remain lit until midnight.
“The Textron Charitable Trust is proud of its long-standing support of WaterFire. With each lighting, WaterFire transforms our downtown and brings people together to share in this experience. We are honored to play a role in bringing this event to life, enriching the cultural landscape of our community,” says Karen Warfield, Community Affairs Manager at Textron.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza kicks off Washington Street and Steeple Street from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM where visitors can browse and shop from a variety of local artists and makers in mediums such as glass, photography, jewelry, and more. This outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island and offer visitors the opportunity to support the local arts economy by purchasing work by Rhode Island-based artists.
On Washington Street visitors can explore Recycled SilverWear, Maera Glass Sundries, Colors of the Wynned, The Roving House, UncouthCurations, Design WhatHaveYou, Jessie Jewels Art, Ecuador to your door, Bare & Brine, Boojie Lolli, Joseph Mushipi Visual Art. On Steeple Street, Sunu Body, TRACIMOC, Jules Sharpe, Triple Dot Design, GlassMonkey, Jades Gems, Original Rhode Dog Company, Revibed Vinyl, Sarah Rosa Creations, In The Woods, Tigris Handmade, Roses N Dragons Designs, Eric Sturtevant Illustrations and WaterFire Accelerate Artist Sav Hazard-Chaney will also have their artwork displayed for purchase as well as doing live rug tufting demonstrations on Steeple Street.
WaterFire Marketplace will return to Canal Street, stop by to support WaterFire with a donation or a purchase of locally designed apparel, glassware, books, and gifts. Make a quick and easy donation with the DipJar and glass blowing by Gather Glass. WaterFire will also have additional ambassador and merchandise stations in front of the RISD Auditorium, and both sides of the basin in Waterplace Park.
Andrew Anselmo, Origami Master will be hanging out all night at Market Square and visitors can find A Silent Soapbox living statue at the bottom of Washington Street Bridge and Canal Walk starting at sunset. Ten31 Productions will be illuminating the World War Monument in Memorial Park.
The Starry, Starry Night installation returns to Memorial Park near the Crawford Street Bridge; add your light to the night by wishing on a star or dedicate a luminaria candle lantern.
Food fairs will be open on Washington Street, College Street, and Canal Walk. Enjoy local food from festival favorites. On Washington Street: Kettle Korn Express, One2Taco&More, Full House Q, Saugys, The Incredabowl Food Company, Duck Press, and Caribbean Delights. On Canal Walk: Gong Cha, Del’s Lemonade, and Gather Ice Cream. On College Street: Vegan Suga, Pita Pocket, Spanglish, FireWorks Catering, and Sal’s.
Trinity Brewhouse will have two locations, one on the corner of Canal and Steeple Street, and the other on the corner of Canal and Washington Street. They will be serving up local brews and wine from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
Catch three fire spinning performances beginning at 8:30 PM and continuing at 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM by Cirque de Light.
(Saturday) 6:30 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.