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Glitter & GlowThere is no other day of the year that packs so many people into downtown Glendale than the Glendale Glitter & Glow festival. With glowing hot air balloons, 1.6 million LED lights, bands cranking out great music, food, rides and more – it’s easy to see why more than 80,000 people flock to this award-winning event! Mark your calendar now to attend Glendale Glitter & Glow on Saturday, Jan. 6, 4-10 p.m.

Take in the stunning 1.6 million LED lights, along with more than 20 hot air balloons glowing glitter and glow
throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. A highlight for visitors will be specially-shaped balloons, as well as mass glows, in which the balloon pilots will fire the balloons all at once to create an illuminating spectacle. The dazzling scene of vibrant glowing colors and twinkling lights, combined with musical performances and delicious food and beverages, will be a feast for the senses!

An artistic element will be added to the festival with a performance by Vessel, a theatre company under the artistic direction of Dr. Rachel Bowditch, head of the MFA in Performance at the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. The performance, titled “Transfix: Halcyon,” is described as a roaming ‘atmospheric,’ silent performance that transforms urban architecture into a poetic theatrical landscape. This performance is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

Admission is free and free shuttles are available from Glendale Community College, at 59th and Olive avenues. Shuttles pick up from the northeast parking lots of the college, accessing from 59th Avenue and Vogel, and the last shuttle will leave downtown Glendale at 10:15.

In addition, there is street parking in and around the downtown, but will fill up quickly; event attendees also have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, both of which are accessible from 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive.

Please note: the intersection of 59th and Olive avenues is under construction and lanes are restricted. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for traffic delays, and consider accessing the parking lots from the north.

Street Closures

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street closures

Local popular bands are scheduled to perform all evening: glitter and glow map
(each number corresponds to a number on the map, click on map to enlarge)

  1. DJ Dangerous (playing the hottest pop hits)
  2. Sierra Outlaws (country)
  3. Vintage Wednesday (rock)
  4. West Hills Brothers (acoustic/electric pop, rock)
  5. ZIMIS (classic rock, oldies, country)
  6. 76th Street (indie pop)
  7. Darkness Dear Boy (indie rock)
  8. TOONzZ (classic rock)

The Glendale Civic Center will also host a “Party on the Patio” during the Glitter and Glow event, featuring Glendale resident and CMT and national recording country music artist Ashley Wineland. Between 6 and 10 p.m. on the Fountain Terrace patio, music lovers can also purchase food and beverages from Arizona Catering, the Civic Center’s in-house caterer.

Glendale Glitter & Glow is produced by Glendale’s Special Events Division, and sponsored by SRP, KTVK 3TV, Cerreta Candy Company, Arizona Republic, Excel Screen Printing, Swire Coca Cola and Diamond Resorts. Free Shuttles sponsored by Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona.* For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 623-930-2299 or visit (*An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association)

Vendors at Glitter & Glow :


Freckle Farm Pony Rides & Petting Zoo


Primavera Online High School


Camelback Candle Co.

Sun Valley Bees

Grate Roots LLC.

Maria Moncayo


Food Trucks

Kona Ice South Glendale

OMG! Kettle Corn

Grandmas Navajo Frybread


State Fair Old Fashioned Lemonade

Desert sno

CUFF, Zang Asian Bistro

Molly's Tamales


Mobile Food Concepts Gus's Gyros


Karen's Kreamery

DC Concessions Inc.


Lou's Lil Donuts

Purple Gurl's LLC

Pea and Pa's Kettle Corn

Island Noodles

San Francisco Chocolate Factory

The Orange Place Concessions

Hot Bamboo


Caricatures by Don Evenson

gypsy eyes body art

Arizona Face Painting

Caricatures By John


Operation Marshmallow

Hope High School Online

Arrowhead Kiwanis

Marine Corps League OBD 767

Foster Hope Foundation

i9 Sports - Greater Phoenix


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