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🌱 See the Lights at GLEAM

Hayley Sperling
Hayley Sperling
Posted on August 30   |   Updated on September 12
GLEAM runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 28. (Dylan Jordee/Dylan Jordee Videography)

GLEAM runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 28. (Dylan Jordee/Dylan Jordee Videography)

‘Tis the season for lights, and I’m not talking about Christmas trees or menorahs.

Olbrich Gardens’ annual GLEAM exhibit is officially open and lighting up the east side with large-scale art installations. The event is one of Olbrich’s biggest fundraisers and showcases work from local, regional, and international designers.

The event made its debut in 2015 and every year since, well, except for 2020, GLEAM has transformed the outdoor gardens into an otherworldly destination drawing tens of thousands of visitors.

This year, attendees can expect to find a kaleidoscope of flowers, a maze of shadows, and more interactive art.

The art at GLEAM is created by local, regional, and international designers. (Dylan Jordee/Dylan Jordee Videography)

The art at GLEAM is created by local, regional, and international designers. (Dylan Jordee/Dylan Jordee Videography)

The Details

GLEAM runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 28. From now through September, the hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. In October, the exhibit is open from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $8 to $16 and kids under five get in free. Roughly 600 people are allowed through at staggered times per hour.

Hot tip: Alcoholic (and nonalcoholic!) beverages are only available for purchase on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Cycropia Aerial Dance group will put on a special performance at GLEAM on Sept. 22.

Know Before You Go

In case you missed it, Atwood Ave. is currently undergoing major construction. Check out this map with traffic patterns and alternative parking options in case the garden’s lot is full.

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