Friday October 23rd from 7-9:30 p.m., Downtown Ypsilanti on North Washington Street.
The street will glow bright with hundreds of community and artist creations, for a night of dancing, DJ’s raised into the air, interactive art activities, black-lit stations, street performances, glowing window displays, and more.
This year we’re partnering with even more businesses and organizations to create a brighter and more bombastic event — with you!
Local artists also activate downtown storefronts with installations, showing just how vibrant downtown Ypsilanti can be. Several of these windows come to life during the event, along with over a dozen other multi-media projects, like video projections, giant luminaries, performance art, live painting, shadow puppets, chalk muralists, and laser shows.
Anyone and Everyone is Invited! ypsiGLOW invites people of all ages and abilities, from all corners of our community, to unlock their creativity and imaginations.
Create Your Own GLOW
In the weeks leading up to the event, community members of all ages are invited to participate in FREE creative workshops to make luminaries and costumes for the event, co-hosted by local artists, businesses, and organizations. GLOWorkshops at the Riverside Arts Center are Sundays from 11 am to 4pm on September 29th, October 6th, 13th, and 20th. GLOWorkshops at the Ypsilanti District Library are Saturdays from 3 pm to 5 pm on September 28th, October 5th, 12th, and 19th.
Volunteer with ypsiGLOW! Work with the GLOW team by setting up the festivities on October 23rd.
Join the preGLOW
See all the details on preGLOW here
4 – 6:30pm Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse Drop in to collect some last-minute GLOW to join in the processional from Depot Town
5:30 – 7pm Halloween Downtown – Ypsilanti District Library Plaza
Families are invited to the annual Halloween event for trick or treating, music, face painting, costume contest, and more. Hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library and the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.
6:30pm Processionals kick off from Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse, Sweetwater’s Cafe on W. Cross Street, and the Downtown Ypsilanti District Library
7 – 9:30pm ypsiGLOW on N. Washington StreetWhat happened last year…Last year’s GLOW took place in Depot Town and Downtown with an exciting processional!
Be sure to join us at our office hours every Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm now through October 24th to share your dreams and visions. We meet at Back Office Studios, 13 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Our team will be in the front near the windows.
WHY have ypsiGLOW?
There is immense power in community art events like ypsiGLOW that celebrate diversity and connect people through creative, collaborative, and shared expression. WonderFool Productions’ mission is to foster an inclusive event that generates cultural + economic impact downtown to become an Ypsi signature event, built by and for the community.
At the first ypsiGLOW in 2016, over 1,200 people of all ages and backgrounds danced and played together – delighting in the creative, fun, colorful and unexpected. ypsiGLOW is much more than one-night, it is a month-long process of instilling, teaching, and supporting creative literacy and community vibrancy. . . Come join us!
Click HERE to learn how to get more involved as an individual, artist, performer, community group, organization, or business!
Thank you to our sponsors and partners that made this glowing event possible
Thank you to our in-kind supporters