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Your Brilliant Baltimore Bucket List

Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival join forces this year to become Brilliant Baltimore. This will be a ten day, one-of-a-kind international event on our own waterfront. We’re here to give you the scoop on the exciting events and attractions coming to the Harbor during this incredible festival.

1. Create Art with Water and Party with a Disco Bug

The biggest draw to Brilliant Baltimore are the incredible art installations scattered around the Harbor. Highlights of this year include Waterlight Graffiti where you can draw and write in illuminated water and the Disco Bug, a giant disco ball made of a VW Bug you can spin by hand. Find out more. 

2. Shine So Bright

Kick off Light City in style in Harbor East. Walk on the bright side with glow-in-the-dark giveaways and a side street bar with glowing cups. Celebrate the opening this amazing festival of lights by dancing to a live set by DJ Crome and exploring the lighted wonders in Harbor East. Find out more. 

3. Have Some Food for Thought

The Baltimore Book Festival is full of incredible author talks. This year the Literary Salon will feature some star chefs dishing up recipes and wisdom. Enjoy talks by the host of “The Chew” and celebrity chef Carla Hall, Bravo Top Chef Sam Talbot, and Pinky Cole, founder of the Slutty Vegan. Find out more. 

4. Mingle with Your Heroes as a VIP

While nearly all of Brilliant Baltimore’s events are free, there are a few ticket opportunities to get up close and personal with their headliners. Get a tasting dinner from celebrity chef Sam Talbot, take a master class with novelist Marita Golden, meet award winning Marvel Comics author Nnedi Okorafor, shake hands with star of “The Good Doctor” Hill Harper, and more! Find out more. 

5. Watch Bands Battle

Enjoy Baltimore’s premier Battle of the Bands right in the heart of the festival. Eighteen bands will compete for judges to determine who will play at festivals in years to come. Cheer on these local musicians and discover the most exciting up-and-coming bands. Find out more. 

6. Grab You Parasol for the Shining Second Line Parade

Jump in a New Orleans style Second Line parade through the streets of Fell’s Point. Carry lighted parasols from the waterfront up Broadway, led by the Naptown Brass Band. There will be jubilant dancing in the street, people dressed in brightly colored garb, and plenty of festive spirit! Find out more. 

7. Dance the Night Away at the Concert Stage

The Brilliant Baltimore Concert Stage will feature over 40 top notch performers. Every night of the festival you can dance the night away to performers such as Wendel Patrick, the Kelly Bell Band, Eze Jackson & The Backwudz Band, and the Outcalls. Find out more. 

8. Taste THE Brilliant Baltimore 

This year the Creme de la Creme bartenders created a signature cocktail that is bright and tasty! Featuring a floral syrup, lemon, and vodka, this drink is a beautiful purple color that invites all to imbibe. This cocktail, along with beer, wine, and other spirits, will be available to purchase and sip as you’re strolling along the festival.

9. Bring Whole Family

This year’s festival will feature to special areas for kids and teens. Play through a sea of bubbles or attend the Imagination Ball in Kid City where light and literature unite with youth-focused crafts, demonstrations, and more! There will also be plenty of interactive programs for the whole family at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage and the Charm City Comic Pavilion. This year there is also programming for teens at Teenscene where they can enjoy open mics and the BIG VIBE DANCE PARTY! Find out more.

10. Ooo and Aaaah at the Closing Night Fireworks Finale

After 10 days of excitement, celebrate the official close of Light City 2019 with a colorful finale of fireworks. Bask in the spectacle of light dancing across the Inner Harbor basin and raise a toast to an incredible Baltimore festival. Find out more.