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Plan your visit to Light City with these helpful tips and suggestions!

Family-friendly Fun at Light City

All members of your family can enjoy Light City! Keep them happy with these kid-approved attractions and activities: 

1. Opening Night Parade presented by Kaiser Permanente – Enjoy a celebratory community walk featuring illuminated art, marching bands, stilt walkers, dancers, neighborhood groups and community artists on April 14 at 8 p.m.

2. Drone Prix at Light City, a collaboration with Global Air Media(Stop #1) Drone Prix at Light City is the only racecourse of its kind designed for professional drone race teams and individual drone pilots. Watch drones take flight on the sculptural obstacle course.

3. The Big Wheel(Stop #17) Take your Light City experience to new heights. The colorful Ferris wheel is sure to delight as it circles in the picturesque skyline.

4. Mini Light City presented by Transamerica(Stop #21) Adventure awaits! Visit the family-friendly makerspace for exciting hands-on activities including self-portraits that combine digital media and traditional photographic techniques to capture every move you make in space and time. 

5. What Lies Beneath presented by Waterfront Partnership(Stop #37) What Lies Beneath is a massive underwater display utilizing low-resolution video to create illuminated, yet mysterious creatures below the surface of the water.

6. The Herd presented by UMBC(Stop #46) The Herd is a cluster of 400 luminous children’s swim rings resembling the inflatable toys used by swimmers in pools and on beaches.

7. Pop Up Performances – Be on the lookout for playful illuminated performances throughout Light City, including hula hooping, stilt walking, caroling, dance and puppets.  

Nearest Food Stations: The Big Wheel and Concessions (Stop #17) and Food & Beverage (Stop #15 & 25)
Nearest Guest Services at Transamerica Plaza (Stop #23)

Date Night at Light City

Here are seven ideas to ignite your date night at Light City:

1. Audio Tour by Live Baltimore – Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of light installations throughout the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Harbor East. The harborside promenade also offers a vibrant dining and bar scene.

2. Baltimore Water Taxi – Hop on the Baltimore Water Taxi for a unique way to see Baltimore. A ride from the Inner Harbor to Harbor East provides an unforgettable maritime experience. $

3. The Big Wheel(Stop #17) Snuggle up on the LED Ferris wheel and see a romantic view of the city.

4. Urban Lights Contacts(Stop #7) It Takes Two! Urban Lights Contacts creates a whimsical and sensory experience for two. Touch the ball atop the pedestal and the person next to you to set in motion glowing lights and sounds.

5. Fireflies presented by Harbor East Management Group(Stop #30, 41 and 49) Create a magical night with a ride along the promenade in a glimmering, decorative pedicab.

6. Pink Enchantment presented by Baltimore Development Corporation(Stop #33) Stroll along the bridge together as vibrant colors light your way. Capture the moment with a group selfie. #LightCity2018

7. Club Light City Stage presented by Morgan State University – Party the night away with your favorite dance partner. The Club Light City Stage in the Kaufman Pavilion features top DJs spinning house, pop, hip hop and disco. 

Around the World

Light City takes you all around the world, minus the international flight fees. Enjoy these international light installations, performances and cuisine:

1.    Elantica (Stop #5) Elantica makes it U.S. debut in Baltimore. The piece is made of 250 discarded computer boards and powered by 10 solar panels and four batteries. (Origin: Belgium.)
    
2.    On the Wings of Freedom presented by Kaiser Permanente(Stop #9) On the Wings of Freedom is a kaleidoscope of hundreds of butterflies hovering above ground in continuous upward flight. (Origin: United Kingdom.)

3.    Kimbra (Light Up The Night! Concert Stage) – New Zealand singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Kimbra brings her R&B-, electronica-, indie rock-infused pop to the Inner Harbor Amphitheater on April 21 at 10:30 p.m.

4.    Colour Moves presented by Constellation, an Exelon Company(Stop #16) Colour Moves is a giant patterned surfaces that appears to be set in motion when pigments change under light wavelengths. (Origin: Netherlands.)

5.    Whale Ghost presented by Whiting-Turner(Stop #26) Whale Ghost is a monumental kinetic sculpture at 265 pounds and 50 feet long, and echoes the large, aquatic marine mammal. (Origin: France.)

6.    Food & Beverage (Baltimore Latin & Asian Fusion) (Stop #3 & 36) Indulge in the flavorful cuisine of Latin America and Northeast Asia at Light City. Mouth-watering food and beverages are located throughout the festival.

Charm of Baltimore

Experience Baltimore’s brilliance at Light City through an innovation conference, installations of Baltimore-based artists, local cuisine and music:    

1. Spark Gallery presented by PNC Bank – (Stop #18) Visit Spark Gallery inside the Harborplace Pavilion on April 13–22. A collaboration of UMBC, Towson University, and BCCC, the gallery features a remarkable collection of light-based work by local teaching artists. 

2. Sun Stomp presented by Downtown Partnership, MICA and PNC – (Stop #24) Experience the power of the sun through Sun Stomp, a three-story, solar-powered LED display with visitor-activated projected visuals and amplified sounds. (Fun fact: The collected energy is the total electrical requirements of an average Baltimore home.) 

3. Some Thing in the Water presented by Continental Realty and MICA(Stop #35) Some Thing in the Water blurs fantasy and reality with an array of lights below the surface of Baltimore’s harbor to suggest an underwater world filled with glowing creatures.

4. As of A Now presented by the Bunting Family Foundation(Stop #38) As of A Now is a 3-D projection on a replica of a vacant West Baltimore rowhouse. The film follows a day in the life of three black, working-class families across different eras. (Fun fact: It took over 90 shots, filmed over three days to create the “dollhouse effect.”)

5. Harbor Memory presented by Ballard Spahr LLP(Stop #40) Harbor Memory dazzles with 375 lights that represent the Baltimore Inner Harbor in 1729, before its development began. To take home a sparkling artificial plant, visit https://www.harbormemory.com/claim-your-light

6. Food & Beverage – Sample Baltimore’s food culture with 100 percent local food and beverage vendors at Light City. Don’t miss the Tastes of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar and The Chesapeake stations for regional cuisine, and local brewers by The Brewer’s Art, Union Craft Brewing, and Monument City Brewing Company.

7. Music & Performance – Experience Baltimore’s talented music scene with live concerts each night featuring local, regional and national acts on the Light Up The Night! Concert Stage at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater and the Club Light City Stage presented by Morgan State University at the Kaufman Pavilion.

8. Labs@LightCity – Baltimore innovators and thought leaders take center stage at Labs@LightCity, Light City’s social innovation conference on April 18–21 at the IMET Columbus Center. The conference is distinctive for its volume of local and national speakers across seven key industries. Baltimore-based speakers include: artist Joyce J. Scott, former NFL player Aaron Maybin, composer Thomas Dolby and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. #PayWhatYouCan

9. Staycation – Avoid travel expenses with a staycation in Downtown Baltimore during Light City. Visit Baltimore offers Light City Hotel Packages with free parking, breakfast and a Light City swag bag to make your stay an unforgettable one. For hotel deals, visit https://baltimore.org/light-city-hotel-packages

The Foodie’s Guide to Light City

If you have an interest in food, we’ve got you covered! Here are must-try tasty eats and limited-edition beverages to quench your thirst:

1. FoodLab@LightCity presented by Visit Baltimore – Don’t miss acclaimed chefs and demos at the FoodLab on April 21 at 10 a.m. at the IMET Columbus Center.

2. Light City 2018 Official Cocktail: Night Thyme – Sip the official Light City cocktail featuring Le MONADE’s Citrus Thyme Shrub, available at each food area.

3. Food & Beverage – Make Light City a foodie destination! Restaurants offer delicious fare including desserts, BBQ, seafood, Asian fusion and Latin American, and local brews. PLUS: The Brewer’s Art creates Lumen Ale, a limited-edition beer made just for the festival.

4. Food ’Grammers – Calling all food ’grammers! Share your best food pics using #LightCity2018. (Be sure to check out Chyno “The Blue Bearded Foodie” as he leads a panel discussion on media and the democratization of food during FoodLab@LightCity on April 21 at 2 p.m.)

5. Dinner in Harbor East – The Harbor East neighborhood—steps away from the Inner Harbor—offers dozens of restaurant and bar options. Dine before or after a tour of the BGE Light Art Walk, a 1.5 mile-long trail along Baltimore’s Waterfront, from the South Shore of the Inner Harbor to Harbor East.

Music Lovers

Immerse yourself in music at Light City. The festival features local, regional and renowned DJs, bands and musicians in concerts and special events.

1. Light Up The Night! Concert Stage – Enjoy concerts at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, featuring Grandmaster Flash (April 14, 10 p.m.), April Sampe (April 19, 10 p.m.), G. Love & Special Sauce, (April 20, 10 p.m.), Davon Fleming (April 21, 8:15 p.m.) and Kimbra (April 21, 10 p.m.). (Check out winners of Sound Off Live! presented by Hard Rock Café Baltimore.)

2. Club Light City Stage presented by Morgan State University – See popular DJs at the Kaufman Pavilion. Prepare for the ultimate dance party with Karizma (April 15, 9 p.m.), Sam Sessa (April 17, 9:30 p.m.), Tall Black Guy (April 18, 8:30 p.m.), DJ Spinna (April 20, 10:30 p.m.), Cash Money (April 21, 8:30 p.m.) and Cosmo Baker presented by Red Bull (April 21, 10 p.m.). View full schedule.

3. Jimmie Thomas & DevRock (EduLab@LightCity) – Jimmie Thomas and DevRock of the Media Rhythm Institute discuss the power of “Using Hip Hop as a Cultural Lens for Education” during EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland on April 18 at 10:55 a.m. at the IMET Columbus Center.

4. Prismatica presented by Kaiser Permanente(Stop #10) Prismatica is an interactive kaleidoscope of 25, seven-foot-tall prisms. At dusk, its soundtrack reaches a crescendo.       

5. Kimbra (MakerLab@LightCity) – Kimbra is a Grammy Award-winning singer who challenges thoughts on the making of music in the digital age. The songwriter and actress is the keynote speaker for MakerLab@LightCity presented by Stanley Black & Decker on April 20 at 4:10 p.m. at the IMET Columbus Center. 

6. Special Events – Don’t miss Harbor East’s Shine So Bright Bash at Light City on April 14 at 6 p.m. with DJs, giveaways, carnival performers and street-side bars, and Lit City – Downtown Partnership of Baltimore on April 19 at 8 p.m. with samples from local restaurants, local beer, open bar, a local DJ and photo booths. $

(BONUS: Look up at 11:45 p.m. on April 21, Light City’s final night, to enjoy a colorful performance of fireworks accompanied by today’s music and classics. Fireworks by Grucci.)

Self-care & Wellness

Don’t sideline your fitness and wellness goals at our outdoor festival! Add these exercise-related activities to your agenda:

1. BGE Light Art Walk – Take a self-guided tour of the 21 remarkable light installations of the BGE Light Art Walk. The 1.5 mile-long trail extends from the South Shore of the Inner Harbor to Harbor East.

2. HealthLab@LightCity – Hear from health administrators and on-the-ground practitioners as they lead discussions on health, well-being and innovative practices at HealthLab on April 19 from 1–5 p.m. at the IMET Columbus Center. (Highlights include: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen’s talk about what we all can do to achieve health equity in Baltimore, and Brown + Healthy Founder Michelle Antoinette Nelson’s talks about health and power, particularly for women.)

3. Food & Beverage – Visit the food and beverage areas for a varied selection from local vendors including Farm to Face, Dooby’s, The Urban Oyster and Pinch Dumplings. PLUS: The festival promotes sustainability by banning Styrofoam materials from being used by vendors. (Check out the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar vendors at the festival as well as later at the market underneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Sundays through December 23, 2018.)

4. The Rise and Shine Fitness Walk presented by Kaiser Permanente – Join fellow walkers for the 1.5-mile Rise and Shine Fitness Walk on April 21. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Kaiser Permanente Fitness Stations also feature ZUMBA and Tai Chi demonstrations. To register, visit https://riseandshine.cvent.com/KPwalk.

5. Light City Glow Yoga presented by Merritt Clubs – Merritt Clubs is giving balance a new twist! Light City Glow Yoga takes place April 15, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in front of the Baltimore Visitor Center. Bring your mat and Merritt provides the glow sticks and necklaces for this fun, free class. To register, visit http://info.merrittclubs.com/glow-yoga.