CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A large, four-day outdoor arts event spread across 20 blocks of downtown will bring thousands of people to the heart of the Queen City this weekend.
BLINK features illuminated works of local and international artists from The Banks to Findlay Market. It is similar to the Lumenocity, the wildly popular light show on Music Hall that ended in 2015.
Some have described BLINK as "Lumenocity on steroids."
What you need to know:
All shows and exhibits begin at 7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday and run until midnight. Each night has the same displays and they're all free.
There is also a Summerfair event at Piatt Park during BLINK:
Friday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What about daytime events?
A giant inflatable structure has taken over Washington Park and will be open each day from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. "Architects of Air" is the only feature at BLINK that has a price. It costs $5 to explore the colorfully illuminated labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes.
The Luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.
Getting around should be easy:
Officials with BLINK say there's no specific starting point, but they recommend starting north or south and working your way in the opposite direction. The festival is designed along the streetcar route, but you could also walk from each exhibit.
Full day streetcar passes cost $2. This is expected to be a packed event, Uber and Lyft costs will likely be higher than normal.
Several roads will be closed throughout the weekend:
Vine Street will be closed between McMicken Avenue and 13th Street from approximately 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate parade participants. In addition, Elder, Green, 14th and 13th streets will be closed to through traffic between Race and Vine streets.
Freedom Way will be closed between Rosa Parks Street and Joe Nuxhall Way from 9 a.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Sunday.
Through traffic will be allowed during the day via Marian Spencer Way.
Central Business District/Piatt Park:
Garfield Place will be closed eastbound and westbound between Vine and Elm streets from 5 a.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Monday.
Jackson Street will be closed between 12th and 13th streets from 9 a.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Monday.
Pleasant Street will be closed from 14th Street north to Elder Street at Findlay Market from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily during the event.
Through traffic will be allowed on Liberty Street with lane restrictions depending on crowd size. Police will flag through the intersection.
Logan Street will be closed between Liberty and Elder from 9 a.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Monday.