Illumination SF - Festival of Lights

Paging all art lovers! Illuminate SF Festival of Lights returns with more outdoor installations and artworks from celebrated artists, so get ready to witness the city’s captivating glow.

This holiday season, The Golden City will shine brighter than ordinary with over 60 light public art installations showcased throughout the neighborhood. From beautiful flower pieces to larger-than-life sculptures, this festival dazzles visitors with permanent and temporary fixtures showcasing over 40 artists for this year's Illumination SF. Journey through 17 neighborhoods in the city to visit all the installations.

Festival of Lights 2022 - Date and Time

In its 10th year Illuminate SF Festival of Light Illuminates the longest nights of the year with light art.  From Nov. 9 through the end of January, San Francisco transforms into a citywide gallery of art at night with 62 temporary and permanent light art installations.

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Illuminate Festivals - Tickets

This annual San Francisco light festival features several eco-friendly art installations open to the public and admission-free.

Illuminate SF Artists

Over 40 artists including Hank Willis Thomas, Jim Campbell, Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn are showcased in this two month event. See the full list of artists here.


Other Attractions in San Francisco

No matter what season you visit, you’ll never run out of things to explore in San Francisco. Start your remarkable vacation with these other attractions and hotels:

Experience Illuminate SF Festival of Lights

As a city of modernization and creativity, San Francisco has nurtured the world’s most prominent lights artists. This festive season, immerse yourself in their brilliant works at Illuminate SF Festival of Lights.

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Over 60 installations will be scattered throughout the city for Illumination San Francisco, so you’ll have a better chance of witnessing the dazzling lights spectacle and other exhibits. Use this as an excuse to explore the city or make a scavenger hunt with your friends.

San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection

San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection encompasses more than 4,000 objects, including historic monuments, murals, paintings, sculptures, installations and other media. The San Francisco Arts Commission oversees this rich and diverse collection, which helps distinguishes the city as an important cultural destination. To learn more visit

Get your cameras ready for this picture-perfect annual tradition! While taking in the bay lights, make sure to visit all the Bay Area’s most notable landmarks and attractions with a San Francisco package


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