Lights on Tampa – Downtown Tampa, Florida

Once per year, Tampa gets lit up. And it’s not during the holiday season, but a unique collection of artists get together and decorate Downtown Tampa.

Lights on Tampa Festival

lights on tampa

What Lights on Tampa is All About

  • This is a festival that highlights seven art installations: Sky Striker, HEARD, FL, Glowing River, Recurrence, Urban Pixels, UpLit, and Shawdow
lights on tampa - heard dancing

Heard Dancing During Lights on Tampa Festival

  • It consists of turning buildings into illuminated art

lights on tampa - building illuminated art

  • It lasts two nights – usually mid February
  • The festival is the result of a partnership between the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division and the Public Art Alliance
  • It all started in 2006
  • The objective was to put the spotlight on Tampa
  • It happened again on 2009 when Tampa hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIII
  • And once more in 2011, 2012 just happened again on February 2015
  • In 2010 it was recognized as one of the 50 most significant art programs in the U.S. in the last 50 years

food trucks at lights on tampa


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