Photograph by Jen Bonin.

2019 WaterFire Season updates and details will be posted here and on our Facebook page. WaterFire is free of charge and open to all, but we cannot do events without the help of supporters like you! Donate today.

Preliminary 2019 Season Schedule

In celebration of 25 years of transforming a place and building community in Providence, RI, WaterFire Providence announces its inaugural #Art4Impact series of events. Learn more about the #Art4Impact events on our blog. Get a single-page printable version of the 2019 Season Schedule or subscribe to our iCal feed.

Thursday, May 23
BASIN LIGHTING – Sunset 8:07 pm
Sponsored in part by National Association of State Treasurers Treasury Management Training Symposium

Saturday, June 22
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:24 pm
Sponsored in part by Cox Communications

Summer of Science Series || Apollo 11 50th-Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 20
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:16 pm
Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and man’s first steps on the moon.
Sponsored by NASA/RI Space Grant Program as our Co-Lead sponsor along with Brown University, Providence College, and the NASA/RI EPSCoR Program

Arts and Health Series || C is for Cure: RI Defeats Hep C
Saturday, August 3
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:02 pm
WaterFire Providence is partnering up with RI Defeats Hep C for the 6th “C is for Cure” event.
Sponsored in part by AbbVie and Amica Insurance

Summer of Science Series || TechFire
Saturday, August 17
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 7:43 pm
Sponsored in part by Virgin Pulse

Arts and Health Series || WaterFire for Recovery
Saturday, September 14
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:57 pm
WaterFire for Recovery celebrates the 30th-Anniversary of National Recovery Month in partnership with the RI Department of Health, Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and Department of Corrections.

Summer of Science Series || Big Bang Science Fair
Community Heroes Series || Celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island
Saturday, September 28
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:33 pm
The 2nd Annual Big Bang Science Fair presented by Brown University
Celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island in partnership with the RI Department of Education
Sponsored in part by Fidelity Investments

Arts and Health Series || Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Community Heroes Series || Honoring Healthcare Workers
Saturday, October 5
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:21 pm
14th Annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Sponsored in part by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Community Heroes Series || WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Saturday, November 2
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 5:39 pm
Honoring our veterans for the 7th Annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans event.
Sponsored in part by National Grid

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, October 18
Join us at FireBall, a stellar celebration at the WaterFire Arts Center! Enjoy an exciting evening with dinner, dancing, art, and special surprises.

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.

WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2019 sponsors, their ongoing support helped to light up Downtown Providence.

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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