May 27th, 2017 – Full Lighting
Sunset: 8:10 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:30 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
WaterFire Providence welcomes back sponsor Bank of America “At Bank of America, we believe that arts matter. They help economies thrive, help individuals connect with each other and across cultures, and educate and enrich communities. There is no better example of this than Waterfire,” said Bill Hatfield, Bank of America Rhode Island President. “We are proud of our commitment to this great organization and to a 7 year tradition of bringing our community together to showcase the creative talent and energy within Providence.”
WaterFire Providence also thanks Brown University for its generous support in honor of their commencement weekend, for this event.
Catch performances by Japanese drumming group Gendo Taiko
Gendo Taiko, Japanese drumming group, will be performing on the basin stage during the opening ceremony (8:30 p.m.), followed by a second performance at 9:30 p.m. Both performances will take place on the Basin Stage in Waterplace Park. Gendo, loosely translating to “path of free imagination,” represents the journeys taken by members in years past, and the experience of creative inspiration they hope to pass down to future members and audiences in the years to come.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, returns to Washington Street for the 2017 WaterFire Providence season. The Arts Festival Plaza and will be active from 6:00 – 11:30 p.m. This outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase artwork by Rhode Island-based artists.
Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:
On the River Walk between College and Washington Streets
- Frenchy’s Popcorn
- The Nutty Bavarian
- Fat Belly’s Irish Pub
Waterplace Park Basin
Visit Starry, Starry Night
The Starry, Starry Night Installation will shine brightly in Memorial Park. Join thousands of WaterFire visitors in Memorial Park where the public is encouraged to add their own light to the night. For a small donation to WaterFire, make a wish upon a star or place your very own message and luminaria candle lantern in the park. The park will be aglow with hanging blue stars and a constellation of twinkling luminaria candle lanterns below.
WaterFire’s favorite characters are back!
Fire Dancers Spogga, Andrew Lindsay and Ember Flynne will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence, on boats, and on the wall of braziers near Memorial Park.
Mime artist Michael Grando will return again for this event. Be sure to catch Michael, in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.
Origami Master Andrew Anselmo will delight crowds of all ages near the RISD auditorium.
Charge up with National Grid
Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on College Street and Canal Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.
Step back through history at the Governor Stephen Hopkins House
Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours: Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. and April through November on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & until 10:00 p.m., when they fall on a full WaterFire lighting (the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m.).
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The museum is also open by appointment, for which there may be a modest admission charge. Please email email@example.com to make an appointment.