November 5th, 2019
It’s time for one of Baltimore’s brightest traditions and this year, its bigger than ever! For ten days, from November 1 to November 10, Baltimore is combining its annual Light City Festival with its Annual Book Festival!
Located in Baltimore’s beautiful inner harbor, this event will be taking over the streets with dazzling light displays, art exhibitions, wiring workshops, local author meet and greets, and more!
The Lights Have Been Shining for
Since 2016, the Baltimore community
has come together in celebration of local art, music, food and innovation from
every corner of our Maryland home. The festival was intended to be a completely
free, all accessible event showcasing interactive light art designed by various
artists. After dark, the exhibits light up the Baltimore harbor for everyone to
experience and explore. Each year, the event is complete with an opening night
parade and a closing night fireworks finale.
This year, in order to celebrate yet
another part of the Baltimore art community, the Light City festival is
combining with the Baltimore Book Festival. They are adding a platform for
local authors to showcase their work and connect with the community. Beginning
November 1, you can participate in writers’ workshops, meet local authors, and
find out about what is new in the writing community.
Things You Just Can’t Miss This Year
Water Light Graffiti
Artist Antonin Fourneau brings Water
Light Graffiti to this year’s festival! This exhibit is a large wall with
thousands of tiny LED lights that are illuminated when they come into contact
with water. Visitors can come by and paint whatever they want with water on
paint brushes or spray bottles. After a while, the pictures will fade away,
ready for the next masterpiece.
The Disco Bug
Imagine a 1969 VW Beetle covered in
tiny mirrors sitting on top of a lazy Susan that can be spun with a push. Found
at McKeldin Plaza, the Disco Bug will be reflecting light all over a dance
floor. The display will even be set with a DJ each night to make sure you can
bust a move in style.
The Big Wheel
The fan favorite of the Light
Festival is often the Light Wheel. Take an illuminated Ferris wheel ride over
Baltimore and catch a birds-eyed-view of the city and the harbor below. It only
costs $5, but the view is priceless.
Local Author Meet and Greets
As you walk
among the lights, stop by various bookstores, publishers, and authors to see
what’s up and coming in Baltimore’s writing community. Some authors include Dan
Rodricks, Kevin Cowherd, and Brian Keubler. At the Top of the World Observation
Deck, you can catch writer’s presentations and workshops. Everything is free!
Even your trip to the top of the World Trade Center.
information on what is happening where, visit the website and Facebook Page.