Light City is back! The festival is full tons of activity from March 31 to April 8, including large-scale installations, events, performances and more downtown and throughout Baltimore's neighborhoods. With popular festival like this, riding your bike can help you avoid the traffic and parking headache, and make it easier to get to more of the nearby activities and sites — and there are even a few bike related events and rides!
Getting to and around Light City
Biking to Light City
The majority of the activity is happening in the Inner Harbor, which is accessible via the protected bike lane on Maryland Avenue, The Guilford Avenue bike lane, the Jones Falls Trail, the Gwynns Falls Trail or the Waterfront Promenade. The area around the harbor will have higher vehicular and pedestrian traffic than usual, so use caution and plan to dismount and walk your bike accordingly.
Public bike parking will be available behind the Baltimore Visitors Center located at 401 Light Street, and marked on the map to the right.
Baltimore Bike Share
The closest bike share stations to the main festival location are Harbor East, the Aquarium, and the Visitor Center. Use Bike Share to get there, to participate in one of the rides below, or to get back to where you started after walking through the festival! Find out more at www.bmorebikeshare.com
Bike Events & Rides
Baltimore Bike Party: Light Up the Night
6:30pm, Saint Mary’s Park
Bike Party’s monthly ride will feature a special “light” theme. The ride starts in St. Mary’s Park and will end with an after party hosted by Waverly Main Streets at artist Jose Andres Rosero-Curet’s Neighborhood Lights installation. Get a free Bike Share bike an any station for this ride using the promo code "bbpmarch".
Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Neighborhood Lights Ride
6:30pm, Lake Montebello
Join local cyclists for a BCRP lead bike tour of artist Maura Dwyer’s Neighborhood Lights collaboration with Hamilton-Lauraville, and artist Jonathan Taube & Iman :Djouini’s collaboration with Coldstream Homestead Montebello. BCRP will have loaner bikes on-hand, arrive before 7pm to check out a bike.
Kinetic Procession & Bike Glow Rally
April 7, Rash Field
6:30pm — Light your Bike Workshop
Show up early to decorate your bike with LED lights. You're encouraged to bring and share supplies for bike decorating, and a limited number of free battery powered LED string lights will distributed.
8:00pm — Kinetic Procession Parade
Then join Bikemore and other bike groups in the parade, walking your bike alongside wheeled contraptions and a variety of kinetic sculptures. The parade starts at Rash Field at 8pm, goes through the Harbor, and ends at the Aquarium.
9:15pm — Bike Ride to Neighborhood Lights
We'll then go on an illuminated group bike ride from the Aquarium to the Little Italy and Waverly Neighborhood Lights, ending back at the Inner Harbor around 10:45pm. The route sticks mostly to city designated bike trails and will be supported by experienced volunteers and Race Pace Bicycles staff.
Baltimore Bike Share will also be lending free bikes at the Aquarium for the ride.
See route for the ride →