GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light

What is Glow?

Hosted by the MAH, GLOW takes place along Cooper Street, throughout Abbott Square, in the Secret Garden, and on the ground floor of the MAH building.

GLOW is an annual festival featuring the very best fire and digital artists in Santa Cruz County. It's like a little bit of Burning Man came to Downtown Santa Cruz. It’s a burst of creativity that can be enjoyed by your entire family.

Explore Cooper Street as it fills with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and live DJs in Abbott Square. Get hands-on in the electrified Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.

GLOW will return October 12th 2019

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2018 Lineup & Highlights

GLOW 2018 Photos

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Fire Artists

Bonefire Cannonades

This is when it's okay to play with fire. By Steve Cooper, Karen Cooper, Ezra Manners, Lisa Martin, and Bonefire Bob Hofmann .

Rainbow Flame Test Demonstration

The UCSC Chemistry Department demonstrates how burning different elements can turn flames different colors.

Fire Flowers & Palm Tree

The Fire Flower series is four beautiful firey blooms made of metal petals and a hot firey center. By Jensen Hastings.

Fire Tree

When someone walks by or moves in front of the tree small random bursts of flame shoot up from the limbs. By Dave Faulkner.

Fire Performances

Nocturnal Sunshine is a visionary fire-dance troupe based in Santa Cruz, CA. They are a collective of 12 spectacular costumed fire dancers, fire breathers, and stilt walkers.

Fire Skeeball

It's Skeeball, but the balls are on fire! By Hydrocarbon Collective.

Menagerie of Flaming Memories

Engage with works of fire art, such as Fire-fly and Flaming Mer-Mama by Jeff Caplan (aka Dr. Wasabi)

Daisy

Metallic daisy like flower with a flaming center. By Cindy Pierce.

Feathers From The Angel of Apocalypse

Made of steel, driftwood and fuel the piece pumps fire out the top when a button is pressed by you, the participant. By the Flaming Lotus Girls.

Satans Calliope

A fire breathing pipe organ with 17 pulse jets, 14 truck horns, 14 organ pipes mounted atop a Landspeeder imported from Tatooine. By Lucy Hosking.

Flaming Piano

Wearable, musical piano that lights fire when you play it.

Digital Artists

Black-light art installation

Experience the glowing ocean in a hands-on art installation by Michele Guieu.

Swan Diver

Life size figure of a colorful glowing swan diver last seen over the pedestrian bridge at the San Lorenzo river. By Geoffrey Nelson.

Land Sharks and Electric Butterflies

They are glowing, animated shark sculptures that are made of steel wire. They are mounted on four wheel drive, remote controlled cars. By Todd Wiliams.

Science of GLOW

Explore the science of how things GLOW with chemists and biologists from UCSC. With fire demos every 30 minutes, glow stick demos every 10 minutes, bio-luminescent and fluorescent animals, there’s a whole lot to see and learn.

Chromaforms

The ZOA is a large pulsating organism from the microcosm inspired by a baby jellyfish, the hydrozoa polyp by Martin Taylor.

Burn Brite Nite Lite

Use the glowing pegs to create innovative designs or you stand back and watch art take form. By Shannon Shamoon.

Skeeter

Skeeter is a brightled lite LED burning man art car. It's an alien space ship driven by a deranged robot. Visitors are welcome to sit inside. By Vince Felicetta.

Pokey

Pokey is a frog shaped LED Burning Man Art Car. Lights on the car dance to music and sounds. By Jason Novick.

LumaField

LumaField is a projected interactive map. As people walk over the area, their footsteps will be followed by bioluminescent plankton and fireflies. By Rachel Stoll and Aron Altmark.

Pond

Dynamic changes of color and light will pull you towards the pond as it glows in circles. By Rachel Stoll and Aron Altmark.

Things to Know

Suitable for kids?

All ages are welcome and require tickets. However, any children that will be held the entirety of the event do not need a ticket. Any kid that will be standing or sitting at the event has to pay due to limited spaces and safety reasons.

Note that strollers are not allowed.

Can I bring my dog/service animal?

No pets, but service animals are allowed.

Can I dress up/wear glowing clothes?

100% yes and it's strongly encouraged. The more glowing costumes and accessories, the better!

Parking

There are two parking garages located near the Museum at Soquel/Front Street and River/Front Street.

Extra tickets at the door?

Extra tickets will be available at the door unless the event sells out. We recommend buying tickets in advance.

Glow is cash only. No cards are accepted at the event. There are ATMS at Santa Cruz County Bank next to Woodstock’s Pizza across Front Street, and Bay Fed ATMs near Urban Outfitters on Pacific and Church.

In and out privileges

Your wristband is your ticket back in. If you lose your wristband, you can’t get back in.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are located in the back of the museum, on either side of the elevator on all 3 floors. There is an all gender bathroom on the 2nd floor.

Food

Abbott Square Market will be open.

How can I participate as an artist next year?

We are so glad you are already looking forward to next year. Please fill out this form.

Get Involved

Want to be the fuel behind GLOW’s fire? Volunteers, sponsors, and local artist recommendations keep the event fun, affordable, relevant, and community oriented. See how you can be a part of the action below.

Sponsor

Ignite passion and visibility of your brand. Click below to get in touch and learn more about ways you can help fuel your brand at Glow.

  • Name/logo on this website (~5,000 views)
  • Name/logo on social media and social media ads (20,000 followers)
  • Name/logo on email blasts
  • Name/logo on paper flyers and posters
  • Discount code for your staff to purchase tickets
  • Name/logo on this website (~5,000 views)
  • Name/logo on social media and social media ads (20,000 followers)
  • Name/logo on email blasts
  • Name/logo on paper flyers and posters
  • Discount code for your staff to purchase tickets
  • Small banners behind fire artists
  • Two all-access passes, including VIP entry


  • Name/logo on this website (~5,000 views)
  • Name/logo on social media and social media ads (20,000 followers)
  • Name/logo on email blasts
  • Name/logo on paper flyers and posters
  • Discount code for your staff to purchase tickets
  • LARGE banners behind fire artists
  • FIVE all-access passes, including VIP entry
  • Name/logo on night-of event program that will go to all ~5,000 guests
  • Opportunity for you to include giveaways to all guests at the entrance
  • Name/logo on this website (~5,000 views)
  • Name/logo on social media and social media ads (20,000 followers)
  • Name/logo on email blasts
  • Name/logo on paper flyers and posters
  • Discount code for your staff to purchase tickets
  • LARGE banners behind fire artists
  • FIVE all-access passes, including VIP entry
  • Name/logo on night-of event program that will go to all ~5,000 guests
  • Opportunity for you to include giveaways to all guests at the entrance
  • All staff and volunteers wear a Glow shirt with your business' name & logo.

Yes, I want to sponsor Glow!

How can I fuel my brand? Email jonathan@santacruzmah.org.

Volunteer

Get behind the scenes of the biggest fire and digital art event in Santa Cruz. Learn hands-on what it takes to set-up, run, or wrap up a successful event. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after to make sure Glow is a fiery success. There's a volunteer opportunity for everyone. Perfect for people who want to expand their resume to help build sets, greet guests, photograph performances, work with passionate local artists, and so much more. Sign up now.

As an Event volunteer, you'll be helping the night of Glow run smoothly while providing a great experience for all attendees. Get close up with artists, performers, art activities, and so much more.

Sign Up: Event Day

As a Set-Up volunteer you'll set up the venue out in Cooper Street, Abbott Square, and the MAH. Get behind the scenes for one of downtown Santa Cruz's hottest events.

Sign up: Set-up

As a Clean-up Volunteer you'll help take down equipment, stages, and artwork the day after Glow. Celebrate a successful event, give your feedback, and help us pack up for next year.

Sign up: Clean-up

Suggest an Artist

Do you think you or someone you know would be a great fit for next year's Glow? Fill out the form below. Someone will get back to you with more information following the conclusion of Glow 2018.

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GLOW will return in October 2019

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