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WaterFire Day 2024

18apr7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.WaterFire Day 2024#SparkYourAppetite by dining out in Providence

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WaterFire Day Spark Your Appetite


Tonight’s WaterFire Lighting and Press Conference have been canceled due to the rain. Our season schedule announcement will proceed as planned here on our website and all social media channels at 7:30 p.m. Thank you for your understanding. We encouraged our intrepid supporters to forge ahead with their plans to support WaterFire Providence and our Community Partners by shopping, dining, and drinking out in Providence tonight!

We invite you and your families to join us on April 18, 2024, for the second annual WaterFire Day in celebration of the release of the 2024 WaterFire season schedule. It also marks the first WaterFire of the year: WaterFire will be lighting the twelve stationary braziers in the Providence River alongside Memorial Park. The lighting will be preceded by a press conference with community leaders, the coCEOs of WaterFire Providence Peter Mello and Barnaby Evans, and representatives of the WaterFire Providence Board of Directors. 

You can expect to hear that WaterFire is back with another full season of full and partial lightings beginning in April and concluding in December. Following the press conference, the twelve stationary braziers alongside Memorial Park will be lit shortly after the sun sets at 7:30 p.m. The fires will burn until 9:30 p.m. 

To celebrate the occasion, WaterFire Providence will be hosting a fundraiser encouraging Rhode Islanders to explore Providence’s renowned restaurants, bars, and shops. Visitors have the opportunity to generate extra support for WaterFire by visiting any of the participating WaterFire Day businesses, which will all be donating 10% of their sales on April 18 to WaterFire Providence. Partners include Bayberry Garden, Bellini Providence, Blu Violet Roof Bar, Charuma Tea Bar, Flatbread Company, Moonshine Alley, Plant City, Wok & Pot, Symposium Books, Durk’s BBQInsomnia Cookies, and The River Bistro.

Join Our Current Participating Community Partners

Bellini Providence

Bellini Providence
50 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 331-4050

Blu Violet

Blu Violet
191 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 252-0711

Moonshine Alley

Moonshine Alley
52 Pine St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 861-0001

Charuma Tea Bar

Charuma Tea Bar
45 Weybosset St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 642-5198

Bayberry Garden

Bayberry Garden
225 Dyer St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 642-5013

Plant City
334 South Water Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 429-2029

Flatbread Company [logo]

Flatbread Company*
161 Cusing Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-2737

Join us at Flatbread Company on Tuesday, April 16 for a Community Bake Night.

Wok & Pot

Wok & Pot
333 Westminster Street, Suite 100
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-0276

Symposium Books [logo]

Symposium Books
240 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-7900

Durk's BBQ [logo]

Durks’s BBQ
33 Aborn Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 5638622

Insomnia Cookies [logo]

Insomnia Cookies
307 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
263 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 537-6013

The River Bistro [logo]

The River Bistro
200 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 548-6688

* Flatbread Company is hosting a Community Bake night in support of WaterFire Providence on Tuesday, April 16. WaterFire Day promotions are not in effect at Flatbread Company on Thursday, April 18.

Learn more about becoming a WaterFire Day Community Partner.

Anyone who makes a purchase at any of these businesses on April 18 will also have the chance to win prizes! Share a photo of your receipt on Instagram with (@WaterFireProv) and tag #SparkYourAppetite. We welcome new partners as well! Any business looking to participate in this valuable business development and marketing opportunity can sign up at

WaterFire Providence will be hosting two Earth Day Clean-Up events on Saturday, April 20 on the river in Providence’s downtown parks and around the Valley Neighborhood at the WaterFire Arts Center. Interested participants can sign up on our Volunteer HQ website.

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and unleash your creativity at our special Earth Day event! Our ArtLab Fellows are thrilled to host a DIY screen printing workshop in the WFAC parking lot on Saturday, April 20th, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

This hands-on workshop is your chance to make a statement and show your love for the planet. We kindly ask you to bring along your own apparel or material (old t-shirts, pants, tote bags, any clean piece of printable material) to then print our special WaterFire x Earth Day design onto! 

WaterFire Providence thanks our generous supporters for helping to make this season possible. Details of the season schedule will be posted on the WaterFire Providence website on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at

Event Times

April 18, 2024 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 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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