Waterfire Providence 2019
On select nights from May through November, downtown Providence is set ablaze in the most artistic of ways.
WaterFire - a fire sculpture by Barnaby Evans - centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.
The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music.
The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire.
WaterFire is an experience that surrounds viewers on all sides and impacts all five senses. The crackling flames, the fragrant scent of blazing cedar and pine; the flickering firelight on the arched bridges; the silhouettes of the firetenders floating by in their torch-lit vessels, and the extraordinary music from around the world engage all of the senses and evoke unique emotions from the many thousands who come to stroll along the river walks.
Thursday, May 23
BASIN LIGHTING – Sunset 8:07 pm
Sponsored in part by National Association of State Treasurers Treasury Management Training Symposium
Saturday, June 22
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:24 pm
Sponsored in part by Cox Communications
Summer of Science Series || Apollo 11 50th-Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 20
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:16 pm
Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and man’s first steps on the moon.
Sponsored by NASA/RI Space Grant Program as our Co-Lead sponsor along with Brown University, Providence College, and the NASA/RI EPSCoR Program
Arts and Health Series || C is for Cure: RI Defeats Hep C
Saturday, August 3
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:02 pm
WaterFire Providence is partnering up with RI Defeats Hep C for the 6th “C is for Cure” event.
Sponsored in part by AbbVie and Amica Insurance
Summer of Science Series || TechFire
Saturday, August 17
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 7:43 pm
Sponsored in part by Virgin Pulse
Arts and Health Series || WaterFire for Recovery
Saturday, September 14
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:57 pm
WaterFire for Recovery celebrates the 30th-Anniversary of National Recovery Month in partnership with the RI Department of Health, Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and Department of Corrections.
Summer of Science Series || Big Bang Science Fair
Community Heroes Series || Celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island
Saturday, September 28
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:33 pm
The 2nd Annual Big Bang Science Fair presented by Brown University
Celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island in partnership with the RI Department of Education
Sponsored in part by Fidelity Investments
Arts and Health Series || Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Community Heroes Series || Honoring Healthcare Workers
Saturday, October 5
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 6:21 pm
14th Annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Sponsored in part by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Community Heroes Series || WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Saturday, November 2
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 5:39 pm
Honoring our veterans for the 7th Annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans event.
Sponsored in part by National Grid
Select Saturdays at Sunset - see schedule
Partial Lighting Dates
Wednesday, June 17th 8:30
Tuesday, August 18 - Basin Only
- Most Waterfires dates are full lightings, however, several dates include a lighting of a portion of the full installation. Some prefer the smaller lightings because they are less crowded.
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