From Oct. 13-16, the BLINK festival will convert 30 blocks of downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Covington into a lineup of literally and figuratively glowing visual, auditory and kinesthetic encounters.
Touting itself as “the nation’s largest light, art and projection-mapping experience," the streets and structures of Greater Cincinnati will be transformed by way of large-scale new murals, light installations, interactive sculptures, performance art, live entertainment and projection mapping (which casts computer-programmed light, color and animations across three-dimensional surfaces).
Back for the third time since its inception in 2017, attendees can also expect a crowd of 1.3 million people, if 2019's event numbers are any hint.
Here are the fast facts for this weekend's BLINK:
- Hours are 7-11 p.m. nightly from Oct. 13-16
- Admission is free (except for the Architects of Air inflatable luminarium)
- 101 installations will be spread across the city, from Findlay Market to Covington (see the official map)
Then a new-this-year drone show will take to the skies at 9 and 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 14-16.
The rest of BLINK will be set up throughout the weekend and is a self-guided experience.
Here's everything you need to know:
- 10 Must-See BLINK Installations and Activations
- The Official Map to All 101 BLINK Experiences
- Here's the Band Lineup for BLINK's 7 Stages
- The Best Ways to Get Around BLINK
- Road Closures You Need to Know About
- What to Eat at the Asianati Night Market Pop-Up
- How to Watch the Official Illuminated Kick-Off Parade
- And the Unofficial BRIGHT Ride Bike Parade
- When to See This Year's Glowing Drone Show
- BLINK-Themed Discounts, Drinks and Events
- A Primer on this Year's BLINK, from New Leadership to Live Music