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ILLUMINATE Festival Nov. 8-9 at The Gateway

ILLUMINATE Festival (The Gateway)
ILLUMINATE Festival (The Gateway)
ILLUMINATE Festival (The Gateway)

The Utah Arts Alliance presents the third annual ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival, November 8 – 9, 2019 from 5 until 10 p.m. at – The Gateway. This free event invites the community to explore our city in entirely new ways and to see it in a whole new light, by illuminating our culture and community through art and technology.

Artists working with technology and using light as their medium will use the city as their canvas and create light art displays and exhibits for the community to enjoy and experience a first of its kind experience.

The ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival is a free two-day community art event for all ages and a celebration of innovation and imagination that features installations by more than 30 local and regional artists, live music and performances, kids’ activities, interactive light art demonstrations, virtual reality arts displays, food trucks, local brews & spirits, and much more!

Programming partners include Utah Film Center, Discovery Gateway, Clark Planetarium, Illuminating Engineering Society, Make Salt Lake, Dreamscapes and Utah Arts Alliance. Over 50 artists and performers are involved in creating work for the festival. 

ILLUMINATE Festival (The Gateway)
ILLUMINATE Festival (The Gateway)


As part of The Illuminate Festival, the UAA and The Gateway have partnered to turn the entire Gateway into a dreamy winter wonderland of light and art. The art installations will premiere at ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE and will be on display through the end of the year. Additionally, the new Art Shop Project window displays will be returning with the theme of “Illuminate,” featuring ten illuminated art displays in windows around the Gateway

On Saturday night, as the festival winds down, there is a special ticketed event called the AFTER GLO PARTY for those 21 years of age and older. The AFTER GLO PARTY, held from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. will be held at the Union Pacific Depot at Gateway, 400 W South Temple and will feature top DJs and performers, as well as projection mapped displays, light art installations and a silent disco. Cost is $25.

“We’re so excited to be hosting ILLUMINATE exclusively at The Gateway this year,” said Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director for The Gateway. “We are introducing an all new artist-themed Art Shop Project. Artists offer innovative designs in all different mediums that incorporate an element of light and reflect the approaching winter season. As Utah’s premiere community celebration place, we’re happy to welcome everyone back as we kick off the holiday season.”

ILLUMINATE Festival is produced by the non-profit Utah Arts Alliance. For more info visit

Festival Hours

Friday, November 8: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 9: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Free Admission

AFTER GLO PARTY: Saturday, November 9, 10 p.m. -2 a.m. Ticketed event. Cost is $25.


The Gateway, 100 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


In addition to numerous art installations, musical acts and performances, ILLUMINATE includes the following activities:

Enter STEAM Lab to experience ILLUMINATE’s spin on STEAM programming (science, technology, engineering, ART and mathematics). In partnership with Illuminating Engineering Society and Make Salt Lake, this space is designed for attendees of all ages to engage in interactive activities built around light and technology. 
5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Kids Light Lab

Little Illuminators love all aspects of this festival, but the Kids Lab is designed just for them. Street level at Discovery Gateway is a safe and vibrant place for the littles to experience light art. 
5 to 9 p.m.  on Friday and Saturday

Illuminate the Dome

Conquer Monster plays live inside the Hansen Dome Theatre at Clark Planetarium through a partnership with the Utah Arts Alliance and Clark Planetarium. Illuminate the Dome connects artists with tools and engineers at Clark Planetarium to create out of this world live music events.

Shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday 
FREE with limited seating. Tickets are first come, first served.


The UAA’s popular Immersive Art Experience at the Gateway which was first launched at Illuminate last year will be offering 50% off discount tickets during Illuminate.  

ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival is produced by the non-profit Utah Arts Alliance who also produces the popular Urban Arts Festival and runs four cultural facilities in Salt Lake City. For more info visit

Utah Arts Alliance 663 West 100 South, SLC UT 84104