Photograph by Matthew Huang

Photograph by Matthew Huang

The next lighting of WaterFire will be:

Saturday, May 26th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:09 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America and The Providence Journal
Music Program

WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2018 sponsors, their ongoing support helped to light up Downtown Providence.

WaterFire is free and open to all BUT it takes funding to plan, organize, create, and produce the community arts events.

WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2018 season schedule.

“WaterFire offers one of the most powerful opportunities anywhere for corporations and other organizations to engage their customers and communities. We create unforgettable customer experiences tailor-made for sponsors’ needs,” says Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development.

Please note that WaterFire will announce additional lightings and programming if funding is secured.

To sponsor an additional date this season or to donate please contact Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at or Anja Josuweit, Development Associate at for more information.

2018 Schedule of WaterFire Lightings

Saturday, May 26th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:09 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America and The Providence Journal
Music Program

Sunday, June 10th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
Sponsored by Rhode Island Day of Portugal

Saturday, June 30th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by Cox Business and Amica Insurance

Saturday, July 14th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
Sponsored by Fidelity Investments and NACUFS 2018 National Conference

Saturday, July 28th – C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:08 p.m.
Sponsored by GILEAD

Saturday, September 8th
Full Lighting – Sunset 7:07 p.m.
Sponsored by National Grid

Saturday, September 22nd – Salute to Rhode Island Educators and the Big Bang Science Fair
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:43 p.m.
Made possible by the generous support of Textron Charitable Trust and other generous donors

Saturday, September 29th – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:31 p.m.
Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Saturday, October 6th
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 6:19 p.m.
Sponsored by National Precast Concrete Association

Saturday, November 10thWaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 4:30 p.m.

Download a handy printable version of our 2018 Season Schedule or get the schedule in iCal format.

All Full WaterFire lightings light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on scheduled evenings throughout the season. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the remain lit 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.

As support and sponsorships develop, WaterFire will announce additional lightings and programming – check back for updates here and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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 web page is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants and other local attractions.

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.

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