Preliminary 2019 Season Schedule

In celebration of 25 years of transforming a place and building community in Providence, RI, WaterFire Providence announces its inaugural #Art4Impact series of events. 

WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

Here’s the 2019 WaterFire Schedule:

Thursday, May 23
BASIN LIGHTING – Sunset 8:07 pm

Saturday, June 22
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 8:24 pm

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.

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.

Summer of Science Series || TechFire
Saturday, August 17
FULL LIGHTING – Sunset 7:43 pm

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 HealthDepartment 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

Arts and Health Series || Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Community Heroes Series || Honoring Nurses and 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.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, October 18
Join us at FireBall, a stellar celebration at the WaterFire Arts Center! Enjoy an exciting evening with dinner, dancing, art, and special surprises.

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.

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.

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.