For one night, the beach, pier and Palisades Park in Santa Monica will become an outdoor art gallery with the return of Glow.
Produced by the city of Santa Monica, Glow is a biennial, all-night event that organizers say re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful and participatory, temporary art.
Featuring an array of local and international artists who have created 20 unique installations ranging from acoustic music performances to technologically advanced interactive artworks, Glow will be held from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
The inaugural event in 2008 was highly popular attracting over 200,000 visitors. This year’s event is expected to draw over 100,000 visitors, organizers estimate.
KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley has created an exclusive podcast to guide visitors through the “Glow zone.” Two food truck courts will provide a variety of food choices on the beach. Local restaurants and businesses will be open until 4 a.m. offering an array of Glow specials. Hotel, retailer and restaurant specials are posted at www.santamonica.com/glow/.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to plan their visit to Glow, and city officials say walking and biking are particularly good choices with several free bike valets strategically located near the event.
Traffic and parking may be challenging at certain times during the event. Streets in the Glow zone will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5 p.m. Flat rate event parking will be in effect in city lots west of Lincoln Boulevard, ranging from $5 to $20. The easiest and least expensive parking will be in the beach lots south of Pico Boulevard and north of the California Incline. For real-time parking availability, www.smgov.net/parkingspacenow/.
Information on artists and projects, glowsantamonica.org/, or www.facebook.com/glowsantamonica/.
Admission is free.
Information, (310) 458-8350.