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2022 WaterFire Providence Event Schedule

Torch light at WaterFire. Photograph by Jeff Meunier.
Torch light at WaterFire. Photograph by Jeff Meunier.

Our Next Lighting:

Saturday, April 9
Partial lighting, Waterplace Park
Supported by the Gordon School
Sunset (7:20 pm) – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, April 27
WaterFire Season Kick-Off Press Conference &
Strike the Match Fundraiser
Partial lighting, Waterplace Park
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Music Program

Friday, May 13
Partial lighting, the wall of 12 braziers in Memorial Park
Supported by the Providence Warwick Convention at Visitors Bureau
Sunset (7:56 pm) – 10:00 pm

Saturday, June 4
Full Lighting
Supported by the Rhode Island School of Design
Sunset (8:16 pm) – Midnight
Onshore programming opens at 6:30 pm

Friday, June 10
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Park
Supported by the Providence Tourism Council
Sunset (8:20 pm) – 10:00 pm

Saturday, June 25
Full Lighting
Supported by Cox Business
Sunset (8:25 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, July 30
RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting
Supported by Abbvie, Gilead, & University Gastroenterology
Sunset (8:06 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, August 13
Celebrating Rhode Island’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities
Full Lighting
Supported by Papitto Opportunity Connection
Sunset (7:48 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, August 27
Clear Currents Community Paddling Night
Full Lighting
Amica Mutual Insurancee & BankNewport
Sunset (7:27 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, September 3
Labor Day Weekend
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Park
Supported by the Providence Tourism Council
Sunset (7:16 pm) – 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 24
Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI with RI Department of Education
Supported by the Rhode Island Department of Education, Fidelity Investments, & XQ Institute
Full Lighting
Sunset (6:39 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, November 5
WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting
Sunset (5:35 pm) – 10:00 pm

Saturday, December 3
WaterFire’s Holiday Celebration
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Park
Supported by Mutual of America
Sunset (4:15 pm) – 9:00 pm

This page is the most up-to-date event schedule resource.


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Braziers and rose petals at WaterFire. Photograph by Armin Kososki.
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Thanks to our 2022 WaterFire Season Supporters

WaterFire Providence would like to thank our 2022 WaterFire Season Supporters for their ongoing support: State of Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee; Rhode Island Commerce; The City of Providence, Mayor Jorge Elorza; The Providence City Council; The Rhode Island General Assembly; Providence Tourism Council; Papitto Opportunity Connection; Mutual of America; Rhode Island School of Design; The Gordon School; Brown University; Celebrity Cruises; Bank of America; Amica Insurance; Fidelity Investments; Textron Charitable Trust; Bank Newport; IGT; Cox Business; Abbvie; New England Bridge Conference; Rhode Island State Council of the Arts; Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; Skyline at Waterplace; JP Morgan Chase; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Berkshire Bank; Lifespan; Stanley Tree Service, Inc; Cox Media; Rhode Island Monthly; WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show; Cumulus Media; iHeartMedia, Inc.; The Providence Journal; and HomeLight.

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 midnight (unless otherwise noted).

Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the five braziers leading up to the Providence Place Mall.

Partial lightings can include braziers in any section of the river. Partial lightings typically encompass only one section of the river but may include more than one.

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 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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20 thoughts on “2022 WaterFire Providence Event Schedule”

  1. Hello Mr Cabral,

    My name is Jennie DeSantis and I would like some information if you can rent a booth during Providence’s Water Fire? I work for SuperDraft, it’s an online Fantasy sports & iGaming app. In May it’s legal in RI to have iGaming on an app or website. What SuperDraft is looking to do is sign up memberships on a iPad and have some free gifts and offers to hand out.

    We do need some space or a booth to do this. We are willing to pay for this booth. We probably looking for late May or June sometime if tyhat’s on your calendar

    Thank you for your time,

    You can reach me at jdesantis@superdraft.io. .

    1. Hi Jennie, you may have already reached Ed via other channels, but I’ll go ahead and forward this inquiry to our sponsorship team. Sorry for the delayed response.

      All the best, Tim

  2. Hi Tim,

    I have had a gift certificate for a few years and haven’t been able to use it because of
    Covid….will the gondolas be returning this year for the rides along the lit basins?

    1. Yes, the Gondolas will be returning (they actually ran during our partial season in 2021 too). Keep in the mind that if your gift certificate is for LaGondola you’ll need to make your booking on their website, as they are a separate company. You can find them on https://www.gondolari.com/.

  3. Good luck with the April fundraiser & press conference. I am anxiously awaiting the announcement of 2022 dates. Note: I am in Southeastern CT and just learned I am getting the Juneteenth holiday off from work (Sunday this year, but we’ll have off Monday). Please consider a special Sunday, June 19th lighting in honor of this important historical date. My husband & I would love to come up Sunday night and find a place to stay over.

  4. Helo,

    I am cognizant of the “free speech activists” that litter public spaces with their diatribes on any number of special interests. However, last year, when I attended Waterfire, I found demonstrators present who were loud, disruptive, and – in my opinion – a most UNwelcome addition to the presentation. I hope they will not be returning this year.

    1. Yes, they were very disruptive. As our event takes place in a public park they are just part of the fabric of daily life.

  5. Has anyone ever mapped a handicapped accessible route for at least a part of the Waterfire experience? I’d love to bring my dad, but it would need to be a small accessible piece of the event, just so he can be involved in some part of it. Thoughts?

  6. My mom and I are planning to visit Providence on the 4th – 5th of May. Are there any waterfire events planned for then? I’d love to get to see it, if we can.

    1. Hi Tanya, unfortunately we are not having any events that week. Our 2022 season schedule will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 27.

  7. Being that things kick off in April at least it seems this year from what I gathered it would be amazing if you guys did am autism awareness event (or really anytime of year honestly). My son is 7 with non verbal autism and visiting Waterfire in the Summer is one of the events he and myself really look forward too along with the playground over in that area Brandon’s Beach I believe, that is amazing we enjoy and missed Waterfire so much when it was not happening because of covid.We are so excited to go as much as possible this year!

  8. Just a idea/suggestion coming from someone that constantly forgets about Waterfire when planning things to do during the warm weather months…. Perhaps along with the social media / email / print buttons above, you could also add one of those buttonsa that allows people to add it to their calendar (Outlook/Google/iCal/etc)? A permanent presence in my day-to-day life would be handy. Thanks!

    1. Tim Blankenship

      Yes, an iCal link is coming soon. It’s one of the myriad of ways we make it easy for people to keep tabs on the latest event updates.

    1. Tim Blankenship

      Hi Kelly,

      Not at this time. We’re working on confirming additional events and an October lighting seems likely, but we don’t like to put out dates when we’re not 100% sure. Please stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

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