About the Festival

Why did you combine the Festivals?

Uniting the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City provides benefits artistically, operationally and financially for BOPA and the City of Baltimore while meeting our mission to use the arts, in all forms, to create a more vibrant city. At the same time we provide an illuminating extended experience for residents and visitors—truly a win-win for everyone

When is the festival this year?

Light City and Baltimore Book Festival will come together as one spectacular festival from Friday, November 1-Sunday, November 10, 2019 to create ten days of a one-of-a-kind international event at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

What are the hours of the festival?

Certain aspects of the festival will have different hours. In the coming months, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts will be announcing the details of the united festivals including speakers and performers. Stay up to date with all of the information by signing up for our newlsetter!

Is Brilliant Baltimore free to attend?

Of course! Brilliant Baltimore is 100% FREE and open to the public, with the exception of some ticketed events. 

What happens if there's inclement weather?

Brilliant Baltimore will take place rain or shine. In the event of dangerously inclement weather, the festival will temporarily close and guests will be asked seek indoor shelter inside until otherwise instructed.

About the Venue

Are there ATM's at the festival?

Temporary ATMs are located throughout the festival, near most food and beverage concession stands.

Will you have public restrooms?
Temporary restrooms, including handicap restrooms and hand sanitizers, are located throughout the festival at Rash Field, West Shore Park and Pier 5.View the festival map for more details.
Will there be Wifi?

The Inner Harbor Wi-Fi Project now allows Baltimore City residents and tourists visiting the Inner Harbor to access free Wi-Fi service along the promenade—from Rusty Scupper to the west side of the World Trade Center.

Is there a Lost and Found?

All items found will be turned into Festival HQ at Pier 5 Hotel where they can be claimed. Post-festival, those looking for lost items should call BOPA at 410-752-8632. 

Where can I go for First Aid?

Minor first aid services are available at Guest Service locations throughout the festival. Guest Services will be located at the Amphitheater (Nov. 1-10) and the USM Columbus Center (Nov. 1-6). For medical assistance, call Festival HQ at 443-831-3135. Direct all emergencies to 911.

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