Hi friends! Due to the current CORONA VIRUS pandemic, we do not currently have any WaterFire lightings scheduled. We are hard at work to ensure that when circumstance permit we’ll be able to hit the ground running and hopefully have an abridge lighting season this fall. We’ll see you soon down by rivers! In the meantime, your support is vitally important to help keep the fires burning!
We have a lot of great things in store for our 2020 season. We will be continuing to celebrate 25 years of WaterFire in Providence and will be bringing back our #Art4Impact event series including events in the #CommunitiyHeroes, #ScienceAndArt, and #ArtsAndHealth themes. We are also working on expanding programming at the WaterFire Arts Center. Stay tuned for more news and event dates. In the meantime please check out the WaterFire Arts Center event schedule.
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2020 Season Schedule
All events postponed indefinitely due to the current worldwide state of emergency. Updates will be posted as they become available.
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 fires will remain lit until half-past midnight (unless otherwise noted).
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.
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.