Before Baltimore lit up the night with whimsical and creative works of glowing art, Rembrandt Peale sparked a lighting revolution by burning a gas light indoors to attract people at night to his new Peale Museum. From the country’s first gas street lamp to the colored weather announcements on top of 10 Light Street, Baltimore’s history is replete with light-oriented events, and of course including the biggest lighting event of all: the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.
Join Baltimore Heritage director Johns Hopkins on a stroll through downtown in the twilight to learn about how light and flame have impacted downtown.
We’ll start and end the tour at a hot spot for the Light City Festival: as we end our tour at 7:00 p.m., Calvert Street will be blocked off for a gathering of food trucks and entertainment. So come along on our tour and then stay for dinner and continue strolling through this year’s illuminated creations. The festival promises to be crowded and we suggest taking public transportation. The closest light rail stop is the Convention Center. The closest metro stop is Charles Center. If you do drive, park in a downtown garage.