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Lights on Tampa Festival – Downtown Tampa, Florida

Once per year, Tampa gets lit up. And it’s not during the holiday season, but a unique collection of artists who get together and decorate Downtown Tampa. Which was perfect for us since we were staying downtown at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa. I’m talking about the Lights On Tampa Festival! Here’s my full experience!

There’s also a Festival of Lights in St. Augustine, and I have a full post about that one too, you should totally check it too.

Lights on Tampa Festival

lights on tampa festival

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 festival - heard dancing
Heard Dancing During Lights on Tampa Festival
  • It consists of turning buildings into illuminated art

building illuminated art for lights on tampa festival

  • It lasts two nights – usually mid-February
  • The Light On Tampa 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 festival


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