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July 23rd, 2016 Event Info:
Sunset: 8:12 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:32 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
Visiting from out of town? Check out our Plan Your Trip to Providence guide, it’s jam packed with info about parking, public transport, restaurants, hotels, and more.
All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting begins shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
Things to see:
Shakespeare en el Verano : Romeo and Juliet
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the Waterplace Park Basin Stage.
Trinity Repertory Company, in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts , announces a new program, Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer). They will present a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet . Adapted by Arte Latino of New England (ALNE) director Saúl Ramos and directed by Trinity Rep’s associate artistic director Tyler Dobrowsky , the production will tour throughout Providence from July 9–July 23, 2016. Get the full schedule of performances on the Trinity Rep website.
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. This performance will begin at 6:00 p.m., no reservation is required.
Festival Ballet Providence Summer Dance Intensive Performance on the Basin Stage
Festival Ballet Providence will be performing on the Basin Stage at 8:20 p.m.Advanced students from Festival Ballet Providence’s Summer Dance Intensive will be performing a program that features a range of styles from classical to contemporary. The program concludes with a scene from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and will lead into the lighting ceremony. The collaborative performance piece will feature Puck and the four companions of the moon circling the basin and lighting the WaterFire braziers as they travel down the river to the bay.
The Ladies of the Rolling Pin Morris Dancing Group in Memorial Park
Approximately one hour prior to sunset, in front of the World War I Memorial, “The Ladies of the Rolling Pin Morris Dancing Group” will perform “Border (of England and Wales) Morris” dance routines which date back hundreds of years. LORP was founded by Marjie Stevens and Susan Olson in Wakefield, RI in 1998. Dancers wear black dresses, chef hats and aprons and use rolling pins in their movement as well as percussive instruments.
Charge up the night with National Grid!
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Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on Washington Street and College Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.
The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street – Open 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
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The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silkscreen prints by local artists.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
Washington Street – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
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Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.
Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:
Canal Walk, near the RISD Campus
The Nutty Bavarian
Fat Belly’s Irish Pub and Grille
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden – Beer Garden Under the Willows
Waterplace Basin 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden in partnership with Trinity Brewhouse and featuring drinks from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. The new beer garden with German beer and food focusing on Frankfurt specialties is located just upstream of Waterplace Basin in the heart of the downtown river park, under the willow trees at the foot of the IGT building. Forty five tables, specially made by WaterFire will mount on the river railing overlooking the double row of bonfires for your dining pleasure.
Catch your favorite WaterFire performers:
Fire spinners Spogga Hash, Julia Jerome, and Benjamin Reynolds will dazzle you with their breathtaking performances throughout the night.
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”One of Ten31 Production’s gargoyle characters at WaterFire Providence. Photo by John Nickerson.” ]
Visit the living statues in Memorial Park at the World War I monument. Ten31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.
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Origami Master Andrew Anselmo – 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Market Square. A delight for young and old alike. See Andrew make paper come alive in Market Square, outside of the RISD auditorium.
Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street) and open for tours between 10:00 a.m. to 10:0 p.m., the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.
About the author
I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.