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october, 2022

01oct6:25 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, October 1 - Full LightingFull LightingWaterFire, 4 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903 Event Organized By: WaterFire Providence

Event Details

The Starry, Starry Night installation at WaterFire. Photograph by John Nickerson.
The Starry, Starry Night installation at WaterFire. Photograph by John Nickerson.

Full Lighting – Sunset (6:27 pm) – 11:00 pm
· Food fair and artist market vendors open at 5:30 pm
· Music Program


WaterFire is a rain or shine event. The current forecast calls for a chance of showers throughout the day and evening. The WaterFire lighting will go ahead as planned, some activations may be limited due to the weather. We’ll keep this page up-to-date as the forecast changes (9/30/22 at 10 am).

Opening at 5:30 pm – Food Fairs, Artist Vendors, Living Statues, & More!

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 DipJar and watch glass blowing by Gather Glass.

Food fairs will be open on Washington Street. Enjoy local food from festival favorites: Saugy’s, Sweet Smokin’ Pits, Kettle Korn Express, Red’s Street Kitchen, Caribbean Delights Ja’ Patty and One2Taconmore. Additional vendors will be located on College Street including Madonna Rosario Society, Pams Grill on the Go, Spanglish, and Vegan Suga

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Artist & makers located on Washington & Steeple Streets will include: artist/maker listing coming soon.

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. The living statues from Ten31 Productions will be in Memorial Park at the base of the World War memorial.

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.

Catch fire spinning performances beginning at sunset and continuing throughout the lighting by Cirque de Light.

Trinity Beer Garden will be on the corner of Steeple Street and Canal Street.

Charged up with our General Dynamics Electric Boat Mobile Device Charging Stations

Laura and Caitlin getting charged up!
Laura and Caitlin getting charged up!

WaterFire Providence is excited to be able to provide mobile charging stations free of charge to visitors at four locations along the riverwalk. The charging stations will be located on College Street, at the WaterFire greeter station located outside the RISD auditorium, at the WaterFire Marketplace tents on Canal Street, and at the WaterFire greeter station located in the Waterplace Park Basin Tunnel. The mobile device charging stations are supported by General Dynamics Electric Boat.

The RISD Illustration department would like to invite the community to the ISB to celebrate the life and work of the late RISD Illustration professor Mahler Ryder. Ryder was a civil rights pioneer who was a founding member and first secretary of the Studio Museum in Harlem. In addition to having a solo show at the Whitney Museum, his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

As an educator, Ryder championed students of marginalized identities. He also fought to diversify the RISD faculty. Despite push-back from those who did not understand or support his diversity efforts, he never wavered in his work. His tireless commitment to diversity and inclusion was recognized by RISD with a plaque and installation of a permanent piece of his work in the RISD Carr Haus building in 2011.

With a year of exciting change upon them including their inaugural MFA, Presidential Inauguration, and forward momentum of SEI integration in Illustration curriculum, the Illustration department felt it would be fitting to open the academic school year with a celebration of the legacy of Ryder’s work and contributions to RISD.

RISD ISB Mahler Ryder Exhibit
RISD ISB Mahler Ryder Exhibit

Event Times

(Saturday) 6:25 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


WaterFire ProvidenceWaterFire 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. 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908