Light Night, Crystal Bridges’ annual celebration of light, art, and music, is happening this Saturday, September 1 near Buckyball at the front entrance of the museum in the Additional Parking lot. The event is FREE and all ages are welcome. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. We have a ton of activities planned, both before and during the event, so to help prepare you and your family for what to expect, here are some tips and insider information to get the most out of Light Night!
Kick off the night with us at a special Happy Hour presented by Artinfusion and Bike Rack Brewery Co. at 8th St. Market from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Play some games and enjoy a drink offered at happy hour prices! Please drink responsibly.
Be warned: there will be limited parking at Light Night. Visitors can park in the upper and lower level parking next to Crystal Bridges (visitors can follow the walking trail up to the event), in the Amazeum parking lot, in Orchards Park, or the Memorial Park Tennis Courts. A shuttle service will run from the Orchards Park and Memorial Park tennis courts off John DeShields Blvd to the Amazeum lot during the course of the event.
However, there are other ways to get to Light Night that don’t involve driving…
A fun and easy alternative to driving to Light Night is biking there instead! We will be hosting a pre-show GLOW Bike Ride from Bike Rack Brewing Co. (8th St. Market location – same as the Happy Hour mentioned earlier) to Crystal Bridges starting at 7:30 p.m. The ride will begin at Bike Rack, making its way to Crystal Bridges through downtown Bentonville.
There will be a contest to determine the best-decorated LED bike and costume at Light Night. Come with your most creative ideas, clever costumes, and dazzling lights to participate in the contest and arrive to Light Night in style. Extra points if you’re glowing! The winner of the contest will receive two tickets to Art Night Out on November 10 (regularly priced at $10/ticket; all ages welcome!).
Around 9 p.m., an immersive sound parade will commence, mixing bikes and cars with sound-making instruments of all kinds, including local marching bands and a car-horn choir directed by Austin-based sound artist, Steve Parker. Visitors will be allowed to walk around this display of noise, creating an engaging spectacle for kids and adults alike. Fair warning: it will be LOUD!
7:30-9:30 DJ Theroneous Chunk | Buckyball
7:30-9:00 Vanimal Kingdom | Main Stage
9:30-11:00 Kishi Bashi | Main Stage
To start off the evening, local favorite Vanimal Kingdom will bring the party to life on the main stage with animal costumes and funky grooves. Then, Kishi Bashi, whom you may know if you’re a fan of bands such as Of Montreal, Jupiter One, and Tall Tall Trees, will hit the main stage for a high-energy, electronic pop set directed by the award-winning instrumentalist. Kishi Bashi is known for his unique looping and participatory shows with world class ensembles from symphonies to rock bands. The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra joins Kishi Bashi for a special collaboration with their string quartet. Throughout the evening, DJ Theroneous Chunk, who you may have heard on local station KOBV, will keep the night going with electronic and pop hits on vinyl under Buckyball’s illuminating glow.
Experience light and movement in a brand new way by watching fire dancers swirl and swish fire through the air!
Note: the fire dancers will be partitioned off, so all visitors will be safe to watch from a distance.
The graffiti wall is always a popular feature at each year’s Light Night. Neon markers will be provided and visitors are welcomed to draw and write inspiring messages on the wall. This year, add glowing stickers and neon tape as well. At night, the wall will be lit up for everyone to see!
There will be several artmaking stations set up to create glow-in-the-dark arts and crafts that you can take with you! Get immersed in the glow and show off your artmaking skills.
There’s a reason that Light Night takes place near Leo Villareal’s Buckyball. When the sun goes down, Buckyball illuminates in a show of light and color! Take a break during the course of the evening, grab a snack and a drink at the food trucks, and sit under Buckyball for a while, either on one of the benches or a blanket of your own. The light show plays on a loop, so you can enjoy it whenever is most convenient for you.
Thanks to our sponsor, JTH Productions, for all their hard work in making this event possible!
Special thanks to all of our collaborators!
DJ Theronious Chunk
Got Flow? Fire Performers
Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
Bentonville High School; West Band
Fayetteville Bike Polo
Trisha Guting and Out of Hand Artists Collective
Wicked Wood Fire Pizza
Dondi’s Food With Attitude
Big Rub BBQ
Bike Rack Brewery
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the event this Saturday, September 1! Join the Facebook event here.