About Light City

Light City is a uniquely Baltimore festival that brings a world of light, music and innovation to Baltimore for nine days in the spring. April 14-21, 2018

Light City Shines Bright in Second Year

Baltimore’s international festival of light, music and innovation spanned nine days this spring, from March 31 to April 8, 2017. Dates for the 2018 April 14-21.

Light City—a free, uniquely Baltimore festival—once again transformed Baltimore into a hub of local and international art and innovation with large-scale light installations, performances, music and social change conferences.

Launched in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. The 2017 festival was estimated to attract more than 470,000 attendees. Central to Light City is the 1.5-mile BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring attractions such as illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a dedicated children’s area.

Previous art installations have included illuminated seesaws, a giant house of lighted cards, a shimmering peacock and a towering, multisensory egg-shaped honeycomb called OVO. Selected works are by artists from Baltimore, New York, Canada, Belgium, Palestine, Lebanon, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Learn more about the art installations.

Musical performances were centralized at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets, and featured regional and national acts like rapper Biz Markie, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, jam band Papadosio, and six-piece Latin rock band Ozomatli. Additional performances have included fire dancers, puppetry and fashion shows. See the 2017 performance schedule.

People were able to experience the festival outside the Inner Harbor by visiting neighborhood communities collaborating with artists-in-residence to create Neighborhood Lights installations. Past participating neighborhoods include Hampden, Hamilton-Lauraville, Station North, Little Italy, Coldstream, Waverly, Sandtown-Winchester, and Greater Mondawmin. See the lineup from Neighborhood Lights 2017.

Daily innovation conferences during [email protected] featured speakers discussing social change in the industries of health, design, social, green, education and food. Past speakers for this event have included New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi, Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Baltimore writer D. Watkins. 

See a photo tour from past Light City events.


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