Call To Artists

Applications Now Open

Applications Now Open


Calendar October 17 – 20, 2024

Pin Cincinnati,OH


Laser Lights

Event Info

When and Where is BLINK?

BLINK® takes place October 13-16, 2022 from 7-11 pm each night. BLINK spans 30+ city blocks from Findlay Market in Cincinnati to Covington in Northern Kentucky.

What is BLINK?

BLINK® is the nation’s largest immersive event. This awe-inspiring free, public art event takes place over four nights in the urban core of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with large-scale projection mapping, media light, interactive light sculptures, murals, and more by local, national and international artists.

When and where is the Parade?

Starting at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 13, the 2022 parade features a new route. Participants will light up 5th Street in downtown Cincinnati from Broadway Street to Elm Street, and will culminate in a Parade Finale taking place near 5th and Elm street.

Is each night the same?

With a few exceptions, each night will feature the same shows and art installations. The bands and live entertainment vary each night. You can view the live entertainment on the BLINK website.

Are tickets needed?

Other than the Architects of Air installation, tickets are not needed. BLINK is completely free and open to the public!

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, due to the large crowd and time of day, we encourage you to leave your furry friends at home.

Food and Drink

Will there be food and beverages available?

Yes – food will be available in multiple locations. View the online map for hospitality and food truck locations

Will there be alcoholic beverages available?

Yes – wine, beer, and liquor will be available in multiple locations.

Are there non-alcoholic beverages are available?

Yes – non-alcoholic beverages will be available in multiple locations.

Can I pay with credit card?

All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages accept both cash and credit card payments. However, some food vendors may be cash only.

Getting Around

Where should I park?

All parking garages outside of the BLINK footprint will be open at event pricing. Rides on METRO and TANK will be free during BLINK.

How should I navigate between each installation?

You can walk between installations. On the Cincinnati side, take the streetcar and exit at each stop to view installations. Streetcar ridership is free.

Can I view BLINK via automobile?

No. City streets within the BLINK footprint are closed

How it works

Do I need to arrive at BLINK at a certain time in order to catch the shows?

No. Most displays are between 3-8mins in length and are on a continuous loop, so you can arrive at any time. The BLINK drone show, presented by altafiber will lift off at:

Thurs: 9pm and 10:30pm

Fri-Sun: 8pm and 10pm

Do I need to start at a specific location?

You do not. Part of the magic of BLINK is discovering new corners of the city and choosing your own adventure. BLINK is divided into five neighborhood zones. You can build your own curated experience by selecting map favorites here or using the

We recommend taking your BLINK visit slower and visiting 1-2 zones during a visit and returning for more than one night!

Is there a map available?

Yes. There are both print and digital maps. Printed guides with a map will be available throughout the event. An interactive map is available here.

Artist Applications

Where Can I Apply?

Submissions will be accepted here through an application platform called Submittable hosted by our friends at ArtsWave at the links above. For questions pertaining to Submittable, please use their help page here: For questions regarding your application please contact

When Can I Apply?

Applications will be open from September 19, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST to December 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST

Is there a fee to apply?

No - there is no fee to apply to BLINK 2024!

Will Artists be Compensated?

If accepted, artists will be awarded an honorarium or commission to complete their proposed artwork for BLINK. Honorarium or commission size is dependent on the scale and complexity of the piece, as well as the experience of the artist and available funds. Please see the above information across each discipline for information on honorarium stipend amounts for each discipline.

What Should I Consider When Applying To BLINK?

Artists, designers, architects, students, arts organizations and creatives are encouraged to consider one or more of the event goals for their proposals. The Cincinnati region has become a hub of creativity and invention. In this spirit, BLINK is encouraging collaborative work that crosses creative disciplines. Our event `goals are as follows:

  • Collaboration:We’re looking for collaborations between artists working in all types of media and performance, as well as collaborations between artists and technological innovators, incorporating varied artist practices, all with an emphasis on and inclusion of light as an artistic medium.
  • Audience Engagement:Works selected will be visually compelling through design, color, and scale; be fun and interactive. Works that encourage exploration and participation in unexpected ways and/or those which provide surprises and delight for viewers, are desirable. They should be welcoming to all and avoid barriers for those with special accessibility needs.
  • Transformation:By bringing together the efforts of the brightest creative minds in the fields of art, music, performance, and technology, BLINK will be an inspirational and transformative experience for both the participant and the event attendee. Works that enable attendees to see situations in new ways, rethink their deeply held beliefs, unite people from different backgrounds and build bridges across divides.

Are you looking for musicians or parade participants?

Applications for musicians and parade participants will open at a later time. Stay tuned!

I have a property or venue I think would be perfect for BLINK. How do I get involved?

Please use the property owner and venue interest form to get in touch with us: