JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 FOR A MINI WATERFIRE LIGHTING AND THE 2021 SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT!
The 2021 WaterFire Season Schedule will be available on our Blog at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
The dates will be added to this page on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
This page is the most up-to-date event schedule resource. Stay tuned and thank you for your ongoing support.
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A year without WaterFire was unimaginable.
We faced unprecedented challenges…
We are excited for the return of WaterFire to Downtown Providence later this year…
But we need your help.
Your support of the WaterFire Relief Fund is more vital now that ever!
2021 Season Schedule
WaterFire Providence would like to thank our 2021 WaterFire Season Supporters for their ongoing support: The City of Providence, Mayor Jorge Elorza; The Providence City Council; Rhode Island Commerce; State of Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee; The Rhode Island General Assembly; Providence College; Providence Tourism Council; Rhode Island State Council of the Arts; University of Rhode Island; Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Brown University; Bank Newport; Textron Charitable Trust; IGT; Rhode Island Department of Education; The Beatrice; Amica Insurance; GRoW @ Annenberg; The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation; Tufts Health Plan; Cox Communications; Cross Insurance; Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; US Rubber Lofts a Brady Sullivan Property; Cox Media; Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.; WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show; and Porch.com.
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 can include braziers in any section of the river.
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.