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Free 'Borealis' Light Show Coming to Seattle

Claim your free tickets for outdoor festival of light at MOHAI

Nancy Chaney

Published on: October 05, 2018

Borealis light show
Borealis: A Festival of Light

An unconventional new show makes its debut in Seattle Oct. 11–14 and families, take note: This show is dynamic, free and appropriate for all ages. Kids will dig it.

It's called "Borealis A Festival of Light" and it includes a light show that will be projected onto the side of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on Lake Union. Live music and street performance also play a part.

The highlight of the show is a "video projection mapping showcase" — the light show that will be projected onto the side of MOHAI's building. This video projection will be shown four times per evening (6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) on each of the four evenings of the show:

  • Thursday, Oct. 11
  • Friday, Oct. 12
  • Saturday, Oct. 13
  • Sunday, Oct. 14

Tickets are required but they're free. Reserve your free tickets online for a specific date and time, and do it soon as they're going fast.

Another element of the festival is a free, self-guided walking tour of light art installations. It's open 5–10 p.m. each of the four days and no ticket is needed. The 25 tour spots are around the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Expect food trucks, a beer and wine garden for grown-ups and live music from local bands. Plan to bring your jackets if necessary; the festival goes on rain or shine.

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