Light City Week

It’s Thursday so we’re thinking out loud all about Light City Baltimore! Not from Baltimore or been living under a rock all week? Well to catch you up, Light City is a festival that has taken over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (with ancillary exhibits in other neighborhoods) with light, art installations, musicians and performers.

The whole thing kicked off Monday evening with the Creative Alliance Lantern Parade. Jeanette and I made lanterns for volunteers to walk with during the parade and were eager to see them in action. However, when Monday night ended up a bit chilly and windy we decided to play it safe and try to watch the action from the warmth of the bar at the Royal Sonesta…

Cheers at Royal Sonesta Baltimore

According to the Light City website, the parade was scheduled to kick off around 7pm so we settled in at the bar a little before 7, just in time to cash in on the end of happy hour and get discounted drinks and a couple of appetizers. The only problem? It was still super light out! The parade didn’t actually get underway until closer to 8pm which made a lot more sense for an event that centered around glowing lanterns against a dark sky. That was fine by us because it gave us plenty of time to catch up, have another drink and enjoy our honey wings and spinach and brie spread.

We both commented on how much we like the bar at the Sonesta: the ambiance is loungey with gorgeous views of the harbor, it’s super close to where we live, it’s usually not too crowded AND they have daily happy hour specials until 7pm. By the time it got dark and the parade started we realized we couldn’t actually see that much…oh well, we still had a fun night. #LightCityFail

Tuesday night Adam and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and walked to Harbor East for a special dinner. Our dinner ended up being a disaster (more to come on that in a separate port), but we enjoyed the late night walk back to our apartment. It was awesome to see the Harbor absolutely packed at 10pm on a week night and we loved seeing the various light displays and performances. I’m eager to see whether or not people view Light City as a success and what the economic impact ends up being. It certainly appeared that they were getting big crowds and that people were having very positive experiences.

We plan to check out more of the Light City offerings Friday night – including drinks and food from some of Baltimore’s best restaurants! Parts & Labor, Ekiben and Nickel Taphouse all have stands.

Have you been to Light City yet? What was your favorite part? 


Friday Five (Spring Happenings in Baltimore)

Friday is finally here and I am so ready for the weekend! It has been quite a week at work and I am looking forward to brunch with family on Saturday and an Oscars party on Sunday. The weather is supposed to be absolutely fantastic so a long walk around the city is also on the agenda. I’m confident in saying that I’m not the only one excited about the weather getting warmer – as springtime comes to Baltimore there are a lot of great events coming up:

  1. Light City Baltimore – March 28 – April 3. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m pretty stinking excited for Light City. Performers, musicians and light installations will be taking over downtown but that’s not all, there are also a series of innovation conferences focusing on social change, sustainability, health technology and more.
  2. Spring Bocce Season – Bocce is baaack. Jeanette got the old team back together and we are pumped to spend time outside throwing balls and throwing back beers. Today is the LAST day to get the early bird discount when you sign up for spring season with Baltimore social sports.
  3. St. Patrick’s Day 5k – Jeanette and I are running the race and plan on sporting some fun St. Paddy’s gear. Also fun? The after party at Power Plant Live.orioles baltimore
  4. Baltimore Orioles Opening Day – The O’s return to Birdland April 4th to kick off baseball season. I’m too cheap to spring for opening day tickets, but I already have a few games circled in my calendar like canvas tote giveaway day on May 7. If you’re heading to a game, be sure to check out Jeanette’s tips on how to save money at Camden Yards.
  5. Maryland Primary Election – Woohoo civic duty! This year’s primary is double duty – not only it is a presidential election year, but there’s also a highly contested mayoral race. Since Baltimore is predominately democratic, the democratic primary is extra important (one could argue even more important than the general election). So make sure you’re registered to vote and show up at the polls April 26. And do your research on the candidates so you’re an educated voter!

And that’s all I’ve got for today, bring on the weekend!