Photograph by Matthew Huang

Photograph by Matthew Huang

We are 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, check out the WaterFire Arts Center Event Calendar for more arts and culture activities.

WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2017 sponsors, their ongoing support helped to light up Downtown Providence. The 2018 sponsor page will be posted when the 2018 schedule is released.

2018 Schedule of WaterFire Lightings

Coming soon!

We are actively working on fundraising and sponsors for the 2018 season and we encourage all of our fans to make a donation to help keep the fires burning. Thank you!

We expect to release our 2018 season schedule in the Spring.

All Full WaterFire installations 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. 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.

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