On Saturday, August 31, Crystal Bridges is hosting its seventh-annual Light Night (8-11 pm) at the entrance of the museum, near Buckyball! This beloved event is a celebration of art and music, offering an illuminated wonderland of creativity, lights, music, and dance for guests of all ages to explore. Light Night is completely free and family-friendly.
Keep reading to know what you can expect at Light Night, as well as answers to some FAQs:
Kick off Light Night with a special family-friendly Happy Hour at Bike Rack Brewing Co. at 8th St. Market, presented by Crystal Bridges, 103.3 KOBV – Bentonville Community Radio, and Bike Rack Brewing Co. Bring your bike to their 8th St. Market location beginning at 6:00 p.m., play some board games with your family (all ages welcome), and enjoy happy hour prices offered by Bike Rack.
Then, join us as we bike to Light Night in a pre-show glow bike ride! We will bike from Bike Rack to Crystal Bridges starting at 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget to decorate your bike beforehand! Prizes will be awarded for the best light-decorated bike and costume.
For Light Night, guests can park in the lots at the Amazeum, Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center on J St., Orchards Park, or Memorial Park Tennis Courts. A shuttle service will run from the Orchards Park off John DeShields Blvd to the Amazeum lot during the course of the event.
Lyft/Uber drop-off at the museum is always an option, and visitors can be dropped off right at Light Night.
Or, you are welcome to park downtown and walk up the Art Trail or join us in the Glow Bike Ride from 8th St. Market (see #1 above).
Light Night always hosts a killer music show, and this year is no different! Between the Main Stage and the DJ booth, Light Night will host several bands and acts, each with their own sound, to keep the party going all night long. Here is the lineup:
7:30-8:15 pm: Spaghetti Eddie’s Rocking Family Show at Buckyball
8:00-9:15 pm: Frisson at the Main Stage
8:30-11 pm: DJ Classy B at Buckyball
9:30-11 pm: AQUEOUS at the Main Stage
Frisson is an eight-piece instrumental collective formed in 2015 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and led by composer and vibraphonist Matt DiBiase. It is comprised of graduates and current students of Oberlin, the Juilliard School, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Brubeck Institute. With influences ranging from jazz and hip-hop to funk and electronic music, the band’s live performances feature hypnotic grooves, exhilarating solos, and thoughtfully crafted original compositions.
After forming in Buffalo in 2006, Aqueous has earned a reputation as one of the most promising improvisational rock acts in the country. Best known for their “groove rock” stylings, they have developed a unique sound characterized by meticulous compositions and rich exploratory jams that easily transition from laidback, in-the-pocket grooves to furious, high-intensity peaks.
This year, we’re hosting a new art installation at Light Night! Valley of the Giants by artist Mari Hildago King is a collection of wacky, inflatable tube people all dancing together in one place. Each piece in this installation is usually seen individually, so the artist chose to assemble a collection of these unpredictable air giants to ignite laughter, joy, and unity in all their viewers. Don’t miss your opportunity to dance with them!
There will be several artmaking projects available for all ages to give guests the opportunity to play with glow-in-the-dark paint, markers, and glow sticks! There will also be a black light graffiti wall that everyone is welcome to write on to leave their mark on the party.
Sacred Somatics Circus Arts, a regional group, will also have fire dancers performing at Light Night! Watch safely from a distance as these entrancing artists light up the night with fire and acrobats.
If you get hungry, food trucks will be available at Light Night for dinner or a late-night snack. Here is the lineup of food trucks expected to be at the event:
High South on a Roll (our Crystal Bridges food truck!)
Additionally, there will be a bar selling beer, wine, and Coca-Cola products. A cash bar will be available if needed.
Light Night takes places near Leo Villareal’s Buckyball for a reason. Every evening at sunset, the artwork illuminates in a spectacle of light and changing colors. Guests are encouraged to sit underneath Buckyball and enjoy the show, which transitions unendingly throughout the night.
Sponsored by JTH Productions.
Special thanks to our collaborators Deadhead Productions, Bike Rack Brewery, KOBV 103.7 Radio, and the Amazeum! And special thanks to our artist partners Mari Hildago, Kellen Carroll-Snapnart, Justin Camerer, Brian Bailey, Kat Wilson, Sacred Somatics Circus Arts, and JoAnn Kaminsky.
We look forward to greeting you at Light Night!