Two of Baltimore’s favorite events have combined for one epic festival! Brilliant Baltimore starts today and the Inner Harbor is aglow with literature, ideas, world-class light installations, live performances as the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City become one fantastic event experience. Although there are TONS of things to see and do this weekend as the 10-day festival kicks off, here are five don’t miss things if you’re headed there with kids…

Cool Things for Kids to Do at Brilliant Baltimore 2019

Waterlight Grafiti

One of the (cool)est things about Brilliant Baltimore is that you get to touch the art! One of the don’t miss light attractions? Waterlight Graffiti! This is an interactive artwork in the form of a wall of thousands of LEDs that are illuminated when they come in contact with water.  Kids can draw or write with a brush or spray — and similar to shooting stars, messages and drawings will emerge from the darkness and fade away. (cool) science fact? This patented technology is based on a simple physical principle of using water as an electricity conductor. You’ll find this exhibit along the Inner Harbor Light Path, between the Science Center and Rash Field.

Imagination Ball

On Friday, November 1, head to Kids City for the Imagination Ball! Step into another world, explore STEAM activities, create, and dance! Wear a futuristic outfit (perfect excuse to wear that Halloween costume again!) and enjoy all of the sights and sounds of the festival. The party goes from 7 PM – 10 PM. Kids City located at the Kaufman Pavilion, along the South Shore Promenade. Note that it’s next to the Big Wheel — so be sure you have $5/person to ride the Ferris Wheel and budget time for the ride!

Picture Book Extravaganza

Take your kids to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage on Saturday, November 2nd at 4 PM and get to know some of your favorite picture book authors in an interactive panel hosted by Pratt librarian Paula Willey. Featuring: Juana Medina, Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas, Laura Gehl, Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer; Jerdine Nolen, Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life; and Gina Brelesky, Rodney Makes a Friend. 

The Illuminated Violin

Music lights up when Timothy Lovelock plays his illuminated violin! He’ll be strolling around the Inner Harbor on November 3rd and 4th from 5 PM – 9 PM. 


Visit the Waterfront Garden on Pier Five  — you’ll find yourself suddenly in a playful forest filled with joyful signs of good luck. Shrooms is an immersive artwork of 13 giant inflatable mushroom shapes that are as colorful during the day as they are night!