WaterFire Season Kicks Off

(5.26) A full lighting of WaterFire — that’s 80 blazing braziers — is scheduled for Saturday night. Weather looks . . . summery. Among the ancillary entertainments on tap this weekend:

The Gendo Taiko Japanese drumming group [Brown University and RISD’s collegiate taiko group] will be performing on the basin stage during the opening ceremony (8:09pm), followed by a second performance at later in the evening.

Fire Dancers Andrew Lindsay and Liz Knights from Cirque De Light will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence, on boats, and on the wall of braziers near Memorial Park.

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, make a wish upon a star or make dedication with a luminaria candle lantern in the park.

Navigate your next WaterFire visit by downloading the new WaterFire Mobile App on iOS or check out the interactive map on the website. Get a clear guide to major WaterFire landmarks, find places to eat, and (this is huge) locate restrooms.

Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They stay open till 10pm on WaterFire nights (last tour starts at 9:30pm).

The fires will remain lit until 12:30am.

Sunset 8:09pm, WaterFire, Saturday, May 26, downtown





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