About Light City

Light City is a uniquely Baltimore festival that brings a world of light, music and innovation to Baltimore each spring. Join us for more lights and more love November 1 - 10, 2019.

Light City 2019 Spans Three Weekends

Baltimore’s international festival of light, music and innovation returns November 1 - 10.

Light City—a free, uniquely Baltimore festival—transforms Baltimore into a hub of local and international art and innovation with large-scale light installations, performances, music and social change conferences. The theme for 2018 is “More Love, More Lights!” as Light City expands to three weekends with Neighborhood Lights April 6-8, the Light City art and music festival April 14-21 and the [email protected] social innovation conference April 18-21.

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Launched in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. The 2017 festival was estimated to have attracted more than 470,000 attendees. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk which follows the waterfront promenade around the Inner Harbor and Harbor East, featuring attractions such as illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a dedicated children’s area. Festival hours are from 7pm-11pm Sunday through Thursday, and 7pm-midnight on Friday and Saturdays. See more information about Light City art, music and performances.

[email protected]

[email protected] City, one of the largest and most unique social innovation conferences in the country returns April 18-21 at the IMET Columbus Center. This year, [email protected] introduces a “Pay What You Can” ticketing system to allow even more people to attend the sessions, regardless of ability to pay. In each Lab, voices of both emerging and established thinkers from Baltimore and around the country will explore how we become a more just and equitable society through seven themes: art, education, food, green, health, maker, and social.

New speakers for 2018 include celebrity chef Art Smith, ABC News correspondent Byron Pitts, New Zealand singer and actress Kimbra, civil rights activist and educator DeRay McKesson, art activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin, ‘The Wire’ alum Sonja Sohn, American music industry executive Shanti Das, CEO of Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc. Nancy Lublin, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., artist and owner of Fix Baltimore Keith “K.C.” Cooper and renowned artist and former NFL player Mateo Blu. See more information about [email protected].

Food and Vendors

All Light City food and beverage offerings are proudly 100% local, reflecting Baltimore’s burgeoning cuisine scene. Sample the signature Light City cocktail “Night Thyme” made with LeMonade’s Citrus Thyme Shrub, or The Brewers’ Art Lumen Ale, a limited edition beer made just for Light City and available throughout Baltimore for the month of April. Food stations throughout the festival will offer samplings of cuisines varying from Asian and Latin to soul food and desserts.

What’s New

  • Drone Prix at Light City: a never-before-seen mix of art, sport and technology with a newly commissioned light installation/sculpture garden/obstacle course for the most exciting drone league racers in the country, and the only race course of its kind in the world.
  • Eye on Charlie presented by WJZ-TV: The third most popular bird in Baltimore and an original light art piece from 2016, Charlie the Peacock travels throughout the city, popping up in a different surprise location every night from April 9-21. Clues will be given out on WJZ-TV and Light City’s social media channels daily to hint to Charlie’s whereabouts that night. On the final night of Light City, Charlie will join the festival at the Inner Harbor just in time for closing fireworks. Charlie the Peacock is created by Tim Scofield, Kyle Mille, Steve Dalnekoff and Will Cocks. The Peacock is an automated kinetic sculpture measuring 40 feet wide by 20 feet tall and is lighted with 15,000 LED lights.
  • Mini Light City presented by Transamerica: the family-friendly makerspace at Light City continues its tradition of cutting edge hands on activity in 2018. New this year, Mini Light City occupies an expanded footprint and indoor location to allow festival goers to leisurely explore some exciting options for make and take and hands-on activities.
  • Self-guided audio tours by Live Baltimore: Festivalgoers can listen to an audio tour recorded by Live Baltimore with detailed descriptions on the 21 BGE Light Art Walk installations and the 14 Neighborhood Lights installations. Attendees have the option to dial 410-934-7821, then enter the number of the BGE Light Art Walk stop or Neighborhood Lights project they wish to hear

See a photo tour from past Light City events.


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