The Ultimate Guide to Light City Baltimore

the ultimate guide to light city baltimore

Light City Baltimore is Back

Light City is back, and it promises to be bigger and brighter than ever!

Therefore, in anticipation of the event, we decided to create the Ultimate Guide to Light City Baltimore.

In this post, learn about Light City, find out what happened last year, and what to expect this year. Plus, get the scoop on the must-see exhibitions, events, and performances of Light City Baltimore 2018.

Let’s get to it!

What is Light City Baltimore?

Light City is a HUGE, FREE art event in the downtown Baltimore area. It is the largest light and ideas festival in the country! With interactive displays, performances, and food and vendors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The entire Light City event will take place over a span of three weeks in total, and is broken down into three parts:

Neighborhood Lights – April 06-08, 2018

Light City Festival – April 14-21, 2018

Labs@LightCity – April 18-21, 2018

The festivities kick off nightly from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (and 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays).

Light City Baltimore Communication Gaps by; Photo: Crystal Whitman


Recap of last year

Last year, over 470,000 people attended Light City Baltimore. Check out the video below to see a recap of last year’s festivities.

Twitter can tell you how much fun everyone had. Check out these 2017 tweets below:




Not to mention the gorgeous photos that flooded Instagram! Take a peek at these fantastic images of last year’s displays from Light City’s Instagram.


The Pool by Jenie Win Studio

Lumen by artists Kristen McWharter and Steven Lynam

the diomands light baltimore by @leggmassonglobal

What to Expect at Light City 2018?

1. Light

Of course light plays a big part in Light City. The light-themed art displays and exhibits break down into two main categories:

BGE Light Walk

The BGE Light Walk, Light City’s main attraction area, is back but with even more to see, do and eat in the Inner Harbor. Keep an eye out for illuminated puppets, stilt walkers, interactive exhibits, authentic Baltimore Beer, live performances at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, and must-see attractions!

Neighborhood Lights

Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program, kicks off April 6-8, 2018 and expands from eight to fourteen neighborhoods. This year, twelve artists were selected to create illuminated art for fourteen neighborhoods, including:

  • Baybrook/Curtis Bay
  • Belair-Edison
  • Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District
  • Darley Park
  • Federal Hill
  • Hamilton-Lauraville
  • Highlandtown
  • Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore
  • Little Italy
  • Locust Point
  • Patterson Park
  • Pigtown/Washington Village
  • Remington
  • Waverly

2. Music

Enjoy pop-up performances throughout the festival including illuminated hula hooping, stilt-walking, caroling, dance, puppets, projections and more. Plus, musical performances on the Club Light City Stage and the Light Up The Night Stage

3. Innovation

Since it’s creation, Light City has expanded to include a series of conferences known as Labs@LightCity. Each day emerging voices and established thinkers explore topics such as art, health, society, and more.

Labs@Light City takes place Wednesday, April 18 – Saturday, April 21, 2018. Conferences are located at the IMET Columbus Center at 700 E. Pratt Street, Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor.

Peacock by Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller with Steve Dalenkoff & Will Cocks; Photo: Crystal Whitma

See you at Light City Baltimore

We at Hirschfeld Apartment Homes in Maryland are huge fans of Light City Baltimore and hope our residents will enjoy the highly anticipated return of this spring festival.

Also, with spring officially here, we hope everyone in the Baltimore, Maryland gets to enjoy the season’s many other fun and festive festivals too.