Light City Baltimore is a new, immersive festival of light and ideas taking place in Baltimore, March 31 – April 8, 2017. It is the largest large-scale, light, music and innovation festival in the U.S. with nine nights of free, family-friendly attractions including 23 large-scale original works of light art plus more than 35 concerts and 200 performances. But the festivities are not only at night. Several Baltimore attractions will host Light City-inspired events during the day. Bring your family and friends and immerse yourself in bright lights and big ideas.
Celebrate Light City at the National Aquarium
March 31 – April 8 | Sunday –Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | National Aquarium
To celebrate Light City, and our beloved Baltimore, the National Aquarium is continuing the festivities within its doors. In addition to the light installations outside on its campus, in-building guests will have the opportunity to embark on a scavenger hunt that conveys the wonders of illumination in the aquatic world and enjoy special programming that reveals simple ways you can help protect these critical ocean environments.
Nautical Before Nighttime
April 1 – 8 | Pier 1
Maryland’s “Star-Spangled Ambassador,” PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II; the historic sloop-of-war USS CONSTELLATION; and special guest ranger Scott Sheads are offering hands-on educational programming for the whole family Saturday, April 1 through Saturday, April 8 in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The free programs explore a wide range of historic maritime themes and are fun for the whole family.
April 1 | Noon – 4 p.m. | Maryland Science Center
Brighten up your day with activities and demonstrations that shine, glow, twinkle and illuminate. Discover different forms of light, and how it can be manipulated and altered into different shapes, sizes and colors. Use UV light to freeze your own shadow, or make a secret message appear. Create a homemade glow stick that produces a luminescent glow, along with bubbles that glow in the dark in a black light room. Paint with light using long exposure photography and enjoy a light themed show in the MSC Theater. All activities are free with paid admission and free for members.
Light it Up
April 1 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry
Build a complex electrical circuit to light multi-color LEDs using conductive materials. This hands-on activity will demonstrate the basics of electronics and let you light up your own unique project. No experience needed, all supplies provided. This Weekend Workers activity is a presentation of the FutureMakers Electronics Essentials program.
Illuminated Boxes: The Work of Henry Kupjack
April 1 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is proud to have Henry Kupjack’s Miniature Room with Greek Vases currently on view. In this artist talk, Kupjack will discuss his career working on over 600 miniature rooms broadly and will also address the detailed, precise use of lighting in his works. A reception will follow the discussion.
The Sentinel of Baltimore’s Harbor: Explore Fort McHenry’s History by Candlelight
April 1 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Fort McHenry
Explore 200 years of history through guided lantern tours at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Enjoy unique living history presentations on a guided 30-minute tour every half hour from 6-7:30 p.m. Encounter soldiers and citizens from almost every historic era at Fort McHenry while experiencing the Fort at night during this rare event as a part of "Light City." Regular admission fees apply.
The Painter’s Use of Light
April 2 | 1 – 2 p.m. | The Walters Art Museum
In conjunction with Light City Baltimore, the Walters will present a special light-themed tour of the Renaissance, Baroque and 19th-century collections. This tour will discuss how painters use their technical skill to create dazzling and contrasting lighting effects in landscape and still life paintings.
Glow Day at Port Discovery
April 2 and 8 | Noon – 5 p.m. | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Make glow-in-the-dark art, create bracelets that change color in UV light and make a holographic projector that will have you seeing in 3D. Also take part in Eric Energy’s famous, interactive energy show “Spark Attack!” From experiments with circuits, sound waves and different kinds of light to a real laser show, you’ll be all aglow with fun and learning about light.
Junior Zoo Crew Program
April 2 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Join in a lively discussion with recent graduates from the Zoo's teen volunteer program to learn about the innovative work they are doing to protect wildlife and wild places.