Baltimore (WMAR) - "More Love, More Lights." That is the theme for this year's Light City festival in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
This is the third year of that nation's first free large-scale light, music and innovation festival.
This year, Light City expands to 3 weekends: Neighborhood Lights April 6-8, the Light City art and music festival April 14 - 21 and the Labs@LightCity social innovation conference April 18 - 21.
It all kicks off with an opening night parade and ends with a closing night fireworks finale.
Light City’s BGE Light Art Walk transforms the harbor’s brick-lined promenade. It features light art installations, performances, concerts, and even a family zone.
All of the 21 light installations on display are brand new to Light City, with distinguished artists from all over the world. 10 of the artists are from Baltimore.
The festival’s food and beverage offerings are all local.
Other entertainment includes interactive, illuminated strolling and pop-up performances and a full schedule of live concerts and DJ sets on two stages.
On the Light Up the Night! Concert Stage at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, headlining acts include Grand Master Flash on Saturday, April 14 at 10pm; G. Love & Special Sauce Friday, April 20 at 10:30pm; and Kimbra Saturday, April 21 at 10:30pm.
On the new Club Light City Stage presented by Morgan State University, house, dance and hip hop DJs perform along with local talent such as TrillNatured, Mighty Mark and DJ LoveGoddess.
Festival hours are 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturdays.
The lights don't just stop at the Inner Harbor. Neighborhood Lights expanded from 8 to 14 neighborhoods this year. Artists were selected to collaborate with community organizations and create visual or performance art pieces.
The neighborhoods involved are : Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, Darley Park, Federal Hill, Baybrook (Brooklyn and Curtis Bay), Remington, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Little Italy, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown and Waverly.
Labs@LightCity is a social innovation conference taking place at the IMET Columbus Center.
New this year, they are now using a "Pay What You Can" ticketing system to allow more people to attend the sessions.
Topics include education, art and food. Guest speakers will be presenting through out the entire 4 day conference.
For more information on speakers and art installations click here.