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2018 WaterFire Providence Event Schedule

Photograph by Matthew Huang
Photograph by Matthew Huang

Our 2018 Season has reached its end, thank you to all who made this season a success. We are already hard at work planning for the 2019 season. Updates and news will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. In the meantime, you can make a donation to help keep the fires burning.

WaterFire Providence would like to thank all of our 2018 sponsors, their ongoing support helped to light up Downtown Providence.

2018 Schedule of WaterFire Lightings

Saturday, May 26
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:09 pm
Sponsored by Bank of America and The Providence Journal
Music Program

Sunday, June 10
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 pm
Sponsored by Rhode Island Day of Portugal
Music Program

Saturday, June 30
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:25 pm
Sponsored by Cox Business and Amica Insurance
Music Program

Saturday, July 14
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:20 pm
Sponsored by Fidelity Investments and NACUFS 2018 National Conference
Music Program

Saturday, July 28
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:08 pm
C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Sponsored by GILEAD
Clear Currents Community Paddling Arts Event
Sponsored by Narragansett Bay Commission
Music Program

Saturday, August 25
Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:31 pm
Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council
Music Program

Saturday, September 8
Full Lighting – Sunset 7:07 pm
Sponsored by National Grid
Tech Night at WaterFire
Sponsored by Virgin Pulse and other generous sponsors.
Music Program

Saturday, September 22
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:43 pm
Made possible by the generous support of Textron Charitable Trust
Music Program
WaterFire’s Salute to Rhode Island Educators
In collaboration with Rhode Island Department of Education
Big Bang Science Fair at WaterFire
Sponsored by Brown University and CS4RI

Saturday, September 29 – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:31 pm
Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Music Program

Saturday, October 6
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 6:19 pm
Sponsored by National Precast Concrete Association
Music Program

Thursday, October 18 – FireBall at the WaterFire Arts Center
A fundraiser in support of WaterFire Providence

Saturday, November 10  WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 4:30 pm
Lighting will commence at 5:30 pm
Music Program

Download a handy printable version of our 2018 Season Schedule or get the schedule in iCal format.

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.

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.

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’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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