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Starts at Sunset Returns for Second Year Supported by the Providence Tourism Council

Starts At Sunset, a community gathering on the Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Pedestrian Bridge is supported by the Providence Tourism Council (PTC).  This unique activation invites artists and observers to experience a night of immersive placemaking set against the backdrop of a picturesque sunset. WaterFire volunteers will be illuminating the bridge with the glow of five braziers.

“Thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Providence Tourism Council, we are thrilled to bring back Starts at Sunset for a second year,” said Ed Cabral. “Support from our sponsors is essential, especially as WaterFire continues to seek additional funding to host community events. Their contributions ensure we can provide enriching experiences and significantly impact the local economy by bringing visitors to the city of Providence.”

The First Starts at Sunset event will take place on Thursday, June 20 with programming beginning at 8:00 PM including live music and art activations along the bridge. The five braziers will be lit at 8:41 PM and burn until 10:00 PM. June 20 marks the date of the Summer Solstice. Providence residents are encouraged to join in celebrating as the longest day of the year transitions into a beautiful full-moon sunset. Enjoy the magical combination of city views and the wonder of the natural world from the Providence Pedestrian Bridge. 

2024 Starts at Sunset Schedule

Thursday, June 20
Summer Solstice Celebration
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Featuring: Providence Drum Troop, Olivia Dolphin, @BubbleManRI – Matthew Peterson, The Guild Beer Garden, Tizzy K’s Cereal Ice Cream, and (Bar)re Bell and Yoga (from 6-7 pm in 195 District Park)

Thursday, July 25
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Featuring: Details coming soon!

Thursday, September 12
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Featuring: Details coming soon!

“The Providence Tourism Council is thrilled to once again sponsor the Starts with Sunset series as we activate our Providence River and the 195 District Park in new ways. We are excited to see this program grow in bringing artists, businesses, residents, and visitors together for programming around the Pedestrian Bridge,” says Alexis Gorriaran, Chair and Commissioner of the Providence Tourism Council.

About the author

I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

2 thoughts on “Starts at Sunset Returns for Second Year Supported by the Providence Tourism Council”

  1. I’m organizing a group for the Aug 31st show. Can you suggest a meeting place for us. Thank you- Maureen

    1. Hi Maureen, the WaterFire Marketplace on Canal Street (between Steeple and Washington Streets) is the central hub of the event and is a good waypoint to gather groups before heading off the explore the rest of the event. Are all the members of your group travelling together or driving separately? You can learn more about parking and transportation options in our “Plan Your Trip” guide.

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