The world-class art experience you know and love is back with at least 9 lightings from September through December!
We are pleased to announce the 2021 WaterFire season which currently includes four (4) full lightings and five (5) partial lightings. The season will open with a full lighting thanking COVID Heroes on Saturday, September 4th (Labor Day Weekend). Other lightings will include WaterFire’s 25th Birthday Celebration; a BIPOC Arts, Technology and Business Night; WaterFire Salute to Veterans, and the return of a WaterFire for the Holidays in December.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 marked the first year in WaterFire Providence’s 25 year history that there were no lightings but thanks to support from the State of Rhode Island through Commerce RI and American Rescue Plan Funding from the City of Providence, WaterFire returns in 2021.
2021 WaterFire Lightings:
Saturday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend)
Thanking COVID Heroes including Essential Workers
Saturday, September 18
Celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island
with the Rhode Island Department of Education &
Friday, September 24
Supported by University of Rhode Island
URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement
Saturday, October 2
“Then. Now. Next: 50 Years of Women at Providence College”
Supported by Providence College
Saturday, October 16
Supported by Papitto Opportunity Connection and Brown University
Wednesday, October 27
WaterFire’s 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Supported by the RI Manufacturers Association
Saturday, November 6
9th Annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Saturday, December 4
A Holiday Celebration at WaterFire
“We couldn’t be happier or more excited about getting back downtown and on the river to make the magic of WaterFire happen,” said Peter A. Mello, WaterFire Providence’s managing director and coCEO. “In addition to the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence, we are grateful that many other businesses and organizations have stepped up to make the 2021 season possible.”
WaterFire Providence thanks our 2021 WaterFire Season Supporters:
WaterFire Providence would like to thank our 2021 WaterFire Season Supporters for their ongoing support: State of Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee; Rhode Island Commerce; The City of Providence, Mayor Jorge Elorza; The Providence City Council; The Rhode Island General Assembly; Providence College; Providence Tourism Council; Rhode Island State Council of the Arts; XQ Institute; University of Rhode Island; Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Brown University; Bank Newport; Fidelity Investments; Textron Charitable Trust; IGT; Rhode Island Department of Education; The Beatrice; Amica Insurance; GRoW @ Annenberg; Starwood Energy; The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation; Tufts Health Plan; Cox Communications; Cross Insurance; National Grid; Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; US Rubber Lofts a Brady Sullivan Property; Cox Media; Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.; WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show; Admiral Packaging; Collard Enterprises, Inc.; Raps Auto Parts Supply, Inc.; and Porch.com.
“We are all tremendously grateful for the outpouring of public support for WaterFire from the entire community and our many hospitality partners. As an entirely admission-free event, WaterFire continues to be hard hit by the challenges of the COVID crisis and with the community’s ongoing support we pledge to be here to literally keep the home fires burning.” Barnaby Evans, Executive Artistic Director.
With additional support, WaterFire may be able to announce additional lightings and programming – watch for updates on the WaterFire Providence website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
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.