Don't sleep on BLINK Cincinnati: It's even bigger than Lumenocity

Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 10:13:51-04

CINCINNATI -- It's big. It's bright. It's super-Instagrammable. And it's here. 

BLINK Cincinnati, the four-day art and light festival that spans 20 city blocks, will take place Thursday through Sunday. It roughly follows the Cincinnati streetcar route, running between the Banks and Findlay Market.

And we’re calling it now: You know how people slept on Lumenocity in the beginning? Well, BLINK is going to be an even BIGGER deal, not just bigger in scope -- remember: it’s 20 blocks long! -- but even more popular.

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Consider yourself warned. Here’s a FAQ to get you up to speed.

What is it? BLINK Cincinnati is a four-day light and art festival stretching from the Banks to Findlay Market. It includes 27 art installations (click here for a peek at them, including the amazing Architects of Air luminarium), 21 light projections (see a map tour here), murals, other light displays and six stages of live entertainment.

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It even includes a fall version of Summerfair, featuring more than 50 artists and craftspeople at Piatt Park (30 Garfield Place). That will take place 2-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The best part of it all: Everything is free, except Architects of Air, the luminarium that has been inflated at Washington Park. That's $5, but it’s totally worth it: Imagine being inside of a kaleidoscope. (Here’s a 360-degree panorama from inside -- move it around with your finger/mouse, or tilt your phone if you're on mobile.) Plus, you can see it right now: The luminarium is open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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When is it? Festivities will run 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday. (Except for the Architects of Air luminarium -- remember, that’s open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. each day of BLINK.) The fun officially kicks off with a parade at 7 p.m. Thursday that runs from Findlay Market to Washington Park.

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Need another reason to go? Lots of restaurants and bars along the BLINK festival route will offer specials and extended hours.