Things To Do In Baltimore: Light City

Light City Boats

If you follow other Baltimore bloggers, follow me on Snapchat, or live around the area, you have likely heard about Light City. Honestly, I heard about this months ago and had no idea what it was going to be, (thankfully I have Megan to fill me in on the Baltimore happenings) besides a bunch of lights around the Inner Harbor. As this week got closer, more people started talking about this light festival making it’s way to Baltimore, and excitement started to rise. I feel like most people were more curious than anything to see what was going on.

The Light City event includes music, innovation, food, and of course, a lot of lights. Baltimore is the first city to create such a huge lighting event like this, and the best part is that it was almost all free! There are conferences and performances that have a price, but most of everything else was free. After the unrest in Baltimore last April, this was something we really needed. It was so nice to see such brightness and happiness around the city.

Light City Peacock

So what exactly was Light City? It is an almost 2 mile walk from one end of the Inner Harbor to the other with various light installations, performances, music stages, and other attractions like a ferris wheel and a ship from Amsterdam. Several arts contributed different installations for this event, and it all came together so well. I really hope this was able to bring Baltimore something that we will continue to have in the future.

Daves favorite part was the floating boats. If you connected to the wifi for that artist, you could select various patterns and the lights would change from your direction. I am pretty sure this was made to make little kids seem mesmerized but we were with a group of people over 25 and we all loved it. It was so much fun to choose a pattern and watch the lights change right in front of you. It did eventually make people mad that were trying to take a photo and he kept changing the pattern. Overall, we had a great time walking around and seeing the city from a different point of view.

Light City Diamond

Light City

Light City Boats 2

Light City Boats 3

Light City Mr Trash Wheel

Does your city have any festivals like this?

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    This is so cool, and I love that it’s free to view! I’ve never really seen/heard of a light show that isn’t a Christmas festival. So cool!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I hadn’t either until this started coming together. I love looking at lights when it isn’t freezing outside 😉

  • http://www.rowhouse14.com Heidi

    Yes! Love seeing all of the photos! I love how interactive so many of the installations are. We went on Monday and Wednesday and are thinking of going again on Saturday. There is just so much to see and do that we wish we would have spent more time hatching a plan of attack for the week…haha.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      There really were so many different things to see! We missed some of it because we went when it was really windy. I am already looking forward to next year! I’ll be sure to map things out and have a plan.

  • Megan

    AGGGHHHH LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH! You nailed it with all of the info! Two little known facts: the artists are from all over the world. People sent in their ideas and submissions and the best of the best were chosen for the festival. Also, this is going to be an annual event and sponsors have already signed on to make year 2 a possibility! I’m so happy for Baltimore and the love that was shared this week. It’s good to be in Charm City xo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is amazing!! I am so excited about year two, I am going to make sure to have more of a plan to see and do more. It’s such a great thing for Baltimore and brought so many people out, I’m intrigued to know how it helped economy wise.

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Glow in the Dark Mr. Trash Wheel is my FAVE!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was awesome! He lost an eye last night though :(

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    This week was so busy for me, so I never got to go earlier in the week like I had planned (sad face) but weathering permitting, we are going tonight! I am so excited!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I’m glad you were able to make it there! It was such a cool thing for the city and I can’t wait for next year!

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    This is so cool!! The closest thing here would probably be the Christmas lights festival, which I love

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I loved being able to see lights in the nice weather rather then the freezing cold we have for Christmas lights. I can’t wait for year two!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    This is so cool- I’ve never seen anything like it. So many great pictures, thanks for sharing!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was a great thing for Baltimore after the mess we had last year. I can’t wait to see what changes are made for year two!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    That looks like such a fun festival to visit! That’s so cool that you can connect and make the lights chance directions too! It’s a great way to make it different each time you go!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I loved that they had such a variety of things for everyone to see- and that most of it was free! I wish we could have went more than once last week.

  • http://lildesiqua.blogspot.com/ LilDesiqua

    This is so cool! Love that you could make the boat change direction, and that most of it was free! I’m definitely going to try and make it there next year- I love light festivals and shows!

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