Baltimoreans who have long dreamed of partying under the Orleans Street Viaduct will get their wish during this year’s Light City festival.
Scheduled for April 6 and sponsored by the Downtown Partnership, Lit City will be held on St. Paul Street, beneath the eight-decades-old viaduct that carries Orleans Street across several blocks of central Baltimore. The underside of the viaduct has for years been illuminated by a collection of lights that can change color to suit the occasion, making it a natural fit for the Light City celebration.
Organizers promise a “high-energy” dance party, with a DJ, open bar and food from area restaurants, including The Elephant, Phillips Seafood, Cask and Grain and Cava Mezze. The portion of lower St. Paul Street extending south from Centre Street will be closed to all but emergency vehicles for the duration of the party, which is set for 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tickets for the over-21 event, priced at $40, are available at godowntownbaltimore.com.
In other Light City-related news, an interactive sculpture called "bMORE Bridges of Peace" will be unveiled April 1 on the grounds of the Coppermine Fieldhouse, 1400 Coppermine Terrace in Canton.
Sponsored by bMOREversity, the 40-foot-long by 12-foot-wide sculpture is one of several "Bridges of Peace" set to be exhibited throughout the U.S., according to a news release. Activities, aimed at "encouraging artistic and creative inspiration, communication, and the collaboration to bridge and unify disparate communities," are planned for both inside and outside the sculpture.
Conceived by artist Pablo Machiolli and bMOREversity founder James Dugan, the sculpture is the work of artists Bartosz Tararuj, Michael Metcalf and Jon Avery Gabbiano.
Baltimore’s second annual Light City festival, featuring illuminated art installations, music and other well-lit celebrating, is set for March 31-April 8 along the Inner Harbor, with satellite celebrations taking place throughout the city.