Our 2017 Season has reached its end, thank you to all who made this season a success. We are already hard at work planning for the 2018 season. Updates and news will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. In the meantime, you can make a donation to help keep the fires burning.
WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2017 sponsors, their ongoing support has helped to light up Downtown Providence once again.
We are actively working on fundraising and sponsors for the 2017 season and we encourage all of our fans to make a donation to help keep the fires burning. Thank you!
2017 Schedule of WaterFire Providence Lightings
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.
Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place mall. Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street.
Visit our event pages for more details about each event.
Saturday, June 10th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
Sponsored by RI Day of Portugal and Rhode Island College with its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, with the generous support of Textron Charitable Trust
Wednesday, June 28th
Basin Lighting – Sunset 8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations
Friday, July 14th
2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting
Partial Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Governors Association
Thursday, July 20th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 8:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
Thursday, July 27th
Basin Lighting – Sunset 8:09 p.m.
Sponsored by Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) Summer Conference
Thursday, October 19th – FireBall*
The stellar celebration at the future home of WaterFire Providence!
5:30 – 11:00 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center
* The FireBall is our annual fundraiser. This is not a WaterFire lighting, but it’s still a lot of fun. Get your tickets today!
Saturday, November 4th – WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:36 p.m.
Walmart, Amazon Studios and LAST FLAG FLYING, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, Bank of America, Dominion Energy, Chase Canopy, the Providence VA Medical Center, and many other generous sponsors help WaterFire to honor Veterans across Southern New England
A printable copy of the 2017 WaterFire Providence Season Schedule is available for your convenience.
WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2017 season.
WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence web page is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants and other local attractions. Ignite Providence is a WaterFire curated website presenting activities and events in and around Providence on WaterFire weekends that help visitors explore a longer stay in the Creative Capital.
Each year WaterFire attracts nearly 1 million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the city. Annually, WaterFire activity creates $113 million in economic output for local businesses, generates over $9 million of tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supports 1,294 jobs for community residents.
Fire marshal regulations do not permit folding chairs to be set up on any of the riverwalks to assure safe passage for all of our visitors. WaterFire is an event to be explored and savored on foot as you wander around to discover its many surprises, leave your chairs in the car and start exploring all that our event has to offer.