The full lighting is sponsored by our season sponsor The Providence Tourism Council. Sunset is at 7:15 p.m.
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WaterFire Providence

August 29th, 2016
PRESS CONTACT: Bronwyn Dannenfelser
Office: (401) 273-1155 x142
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WaterFire Providence Announces Details for Full Lighting on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 - Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council in Collaboration with Our Providence Hospitality Partners


Providence, RI: WaterFire Providence announces the details for a full lighting on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 added to the season on Labor Day Weekend. The full lighting is sponsored by our season sponsor The Providence Tourism Council. Sunset is at 7:15 p.m. The fires will burn until midnight. Come wind down your summer with WaterFire Providence!  Hit the beaches this Labor Day weekend and then help us light up the night with a special Sunday night lighting of WaterFire.

Labor Day Weekend is a great weekend to visit Providence and see all the great things the city has to offer – art, food, sights, shops, galleries, history, architecture, parks, the zoo, and much more. WaterFire is partnering with a number of our hospitality sponsors to provide special opportunities for hotel guests on Labor Day weekend to become WaterFire Volunteers. Visit our event web page for more information about special offers for hotel guests, and check out Plan Your Trip to Providence - WaterFire’s guide to the city for out-of-town visitors!

Argentine Tango returns to WaterFire Providence. Often seen as a staged performance, Argentine Tango is much more of an intimate improvisation involving a leader and a follower in a social atmosphere where dancers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the pleasures of this music and dance style. The performances at WaterFire Providence will be the much more accessible version, danced at social dances all over the world. Performers from Providence Tango, Argentine Tango at the Towers, and other locations in New England will be welcoming you into their world.

Every dance is unique and unchoreographed – a fusion of the dancers, the music, and the feelings in that moment. Beginning after the lighting ceremony and running throughout the evening, performances will happen spontaneously at six locations along the riverbanks at the Waterplace Stage, the Pershing Bridge, the Bridge of Stars, the Confluence (off Canal Street), and by the RISD flag poles.  Performance times can be found by consulting the September 4th music program listing on the WaterFire website.  Members of the public are encouraged to come meet the dancers and learn about Tango and participate in an open milonga (dance) held on the Citizens Bank Plaza from 10:30 p.m. till midnight.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, is happening again on Washington Street from 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. This outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase artwork by Rhode Island-based artists.

The Starry, Starry Night Installation will shine brightly in Memorial Park. Join thousands of WaterFire visitors in Memorial Park where the public is encouraged to add their own light to the night. For a small donation to WaterFire, you can make a wish upon one of our stars or place your very own message and luminaria candle lantern in the park. The park will be aglow with hanging blue stars and a constellation of twinkling luminaria candle lanterns below.

WaterFire’s favorite characters are back!

  • At the World War I monument in Memorial Park, Ten31 Productions will return with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.

  • Origami Master Andrew Anselmo will delight crowds of all ages near the RISD auditorium.

  • Fire Dancers Andrew Lindsay and Ember Flynne will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence, on boats, and on the wall of braziers near Memorial Park.

  • Mime artist Michael Grando will perform in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.

There are three full fire dates remaining for the 2016 season: September 24th, October 1st, and November 5th. We are hoping to add more! WaterFire is continuously looking for additional community support to add more dates to the 2016 season and continue its efforts in making Providence a better place to live, work and visit. For information about sponsoring or supporting WaterFire Providence, please contact Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at 401-273-1155 or

WaterFire 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. The powerful work of art is installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence as a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. To learn more about WaterFire or make a donation visit or

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