Waterplace Basin with Braziers. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

Waterplace Basin with Braziers. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

The next WaterFire lighting will be on:

Saturday, September 23rd
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:41 p.m.
Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island: Celebrating 125 years of Thinking Big

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.

More details for each event will posted here as they become available.

Saturday, April 8th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 7:19 p.m.
Sponsored by: Hemophilia Federation Of America
Music Program

Friday, April 28th
Basin Lighting – The fires will be lit at 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Rotary Conference 2017, LLC
Music Program

Friday, May 19th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:03 p.m.
Sponsored by Providence College: 100 Years of Light – Celebrating a Century of Values that Endure
Music Program

Saturday, May 27th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:10 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America and Brown University
Music Program

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
Music Program

Saturday, June 24th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by Cox Business
Music Program

Wednesday, June 28th
Basin Lighting – Sunset 8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations

Saturday, July 8th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:22 p.m.
Sponsored by National Grid
Music Program

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

Saturday, July 22nd
Featuring WaterFire’s Community Paddling Event – Clear Currents

Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:14 p.m.
Sponsored by Amica Insurance and Fidelity Investments
Music Program

Thursday, July 27th
Basin Lighting – Sunset 8:09 p.m.
Sponsored by Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) Summer Conference

Saturday, August 5th – C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
Sponsored by GILEAD
Music Program

Sunday, September 3rd
Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council
Music Program

Saturday, September 23rd
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:41 p.m.
Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island: Celebrating 125 years of Thinking Big

Saturday, September 30th – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:29 p.m.
Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Saturday, November 4thWaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:36 p.m.

A printable copy of the 2017 WaterFire Providence Season Schedule is available for your convenience.

As sponsorship develops, WaterFire will announce  additional lightings and programming – watch for updates here and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2017 season.

You can help us keep the fires burning by making a donation to keep the fires burning, joining the Brazier Society of WaterFire Providence, or by becoming a WaterFire Providence sponsor.

WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence webpage 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 helps 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 by set up on any of the river walks 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.

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