Saturday, June 3
WaterFire Providence announces a full lighting this Saturday, June 3 supported by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The first lighting of the 2023 season is set to honor the commencement of RISD’s class of 2023 and celebrate RISD’s Reunion Weekend. The lighting will begin at 8:15 PM and the braziers will remain lit until midnight.
“RISD is happy to once again sponsor the first full lighting of WaterFire’s 2023 season as we welcome our alumni and families to Providence for our annual Commencement and Reunion Weekend,” said Bethany Costello, executive director of RISD’s Center for Community Partnerships. “The lighting is a wonderful part of the many festive events that comprise the multi-day campus celebration. We look forward to joining with the broader Providence community on the riverwalk for this special edition of WaterFire.”
WaterFire announces another year of the Access Program. WaterFire Access Boat: a water-taxi program that provides an unforgettable experience of the artwork for children and adults with disabilities to assure that they can join in the most popular arts event in the state and share the experience with their families and friends.
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.
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM // Food Fairs at WaterFire! Enjoy local food from festival favorites on Washington Street, Canal Walk, and College Street: Kettle Korn Express, Pita Pocket, Full House Q, One2Taco&More, Scoop T’s Ice Cream, Saugys, Gong Cha, FireWorks Catering, Del’s Lemonade, Pam’s Grill on the Go, Spanglish, The Incredabowl Food Company, Caribbean Delights, and Vegan Suga.
Trinity Brewhouse will have two locations this season. They will be serving up local brews on the corner of Steeple and Canal St and serving wine on the corner of Canal St and Washington St.
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM // The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street and Steeple Street; Shop this gathering of local artists and makers in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and more.
- Washington Street Artists include Recycled Silverware, Celeste Diaz Falzone, Ecuador To Your Door, Moonlight Jewelry, Sara Breslin: Illustration + Portraiture, Slay Natural Body, Maeven in Me, Sydney Darrow Art, UncouthCurations, Triple Dot Design, Joseph Mushipi Visual Art.
- Steeple Street Artists include K&T jewelry and accessories, Casted by T, Henna by Heather, Jessie Jewels Art, GlassMonkey, Sparkle&Glowby Yvonne, Land and Seaglass, ASTR NOIR, Lilly’s Bone To Pick, Tigris Handmade, Design WhatHaveYou, Hang On Design, Into The Woods.
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM // Steeple Street Music Stage will feature Funkademic. Funkademic is a musical ensemble based in Providence, Rhode Island that plays funk, soul, and R&B on period-correct instruments. Founded at Brown University in 2019, Funkademic’s groove erudition runs deep. “We serve the 1, one B-side at a time.”
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. Catch three fire-spinning performances beginning at 8:15 PM and continuing at 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM by Cirque de Light.
(Saturday) 6:30 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.