WaterFire Sets Providence Aglow Once Again in 2022

The 2022 WaterFire season includes seven full lightings and five partial lightings throughout the summer.
Waterfire, An Outdoor Art Event In Providence Rhode Island

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Longtime lovers of the uniquely Rhode Island experience that is WaterFire will be delighted (see what we did there?) to learn that the Creative Capital is finally poised to regain its summer glow. As announced during Wednesday night’s kick-off event, the upcoming 2022 season will include seven full lightings and four partial lightings between now and September. Attendees can also expect the return of #Art4Impact—a series which highlights community milestones and themes like Arts and Science, Community Heroes and Arts and Health—as well as fan-favorite events like the WaterFire Holiday Celebration, the Annual Salute to Veterans (this year marks its tenth anniversary) and the celebration of local Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

“WaterFire was first set alight to turn around the fortunes of Providence. Against all expectations, we hoped to make Providence a national destination. We wanted to celebrate our community for its rich history, its leadership in ideas and innovation, and its tapestry of preserved buildings. Now twenty-five years later, people have made the city a destination and they love all that they find here,” says Barnaby Evans, WaterFire Providence’s creator, co-CEO and executive artistic director. “WaterFire is an opportunity to come and enjoy a historic city reborn, to see an urban center in new light, and to celebrate the balance of the old and the new mixed with the romance of firelight. It has all been made possible by the love, help and donations of thousands of enthusiastic friends and supporters who have helped us realize their dreams.”

Waterfire Bonfires

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Now, without further ado, here is this year’s WaterFire Lighting Schedule:

Friday, May 13
Partial lighting with twelve stationary braziers in front of Memorial Park

Saturday, June 4
Full Lighting

Saturday, June 4
Full Lighting

Friday, June 10
Partial Lighting at Waterplace Park

Saturday, June 25
Full Lighting, supported by Cox Business and Bank of America

Saturday, July 16
Partial Lighting

Saturday, July 30
Full Lighting, Supporting RI Defeats Hep C

Saturday, August 13
Full Lighting, Celebrating Rhode Island’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities

Saturday, August 27
Full Lighting, Clear Currents Community Paddling Night

Saturday, September 3 (Labor Day Weekend)
Partial Lighting at Waterplace Park

Saturday, September 24
Full Lighting, Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI with RI Department of Education
Supported by the Rhode Island Department of Education, Fidelity Investments and XQ Institute

Saturday, November 5
Full Lighting, WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Saturday, December 3
Partial Lighting, Waterplace Park, WaterFire’s Holiday Celebration

For more information about the 2022 season, visit waterfire.org.