Photo via Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

The dancing colored lights that line the St. Paul Street tunnel below Orleans Street downtown are usually having their own party seven days a week. On April 6, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore plans to turn the area into an actual dance party by shutting down the road and bringing in a DJ, bar and dance floor.

The party, dubbed “Lit City,” will happen on the third-to-last day of this year’s Light City festival. For $40, partiers can enjoy an open bar, dancing and food from Baltimore restaurants The Elephant, Phillips Seafood, Cask and Grain and Cava Mezze, among others.

To allow the partying to commence, organizers will arrange for the closure of the section of St. Paul Street adjacent to Preston Gardens Park across from Mercy Medical Center (emergency vehicles will be allowed through, according to a release.)

The reasoning behind the location for “Lit City” is simple: The city will already be celebrating with vibrant displays of light (and food, music and speaking events) for more than a week, and the Light Tunnel, as it’s known, is popular already even without music, dancing, drinks and food.

The Downtown Partnership, which installed the lights in 2015, said in a release that it will be “a party atmosphere unlike anything Baltimore has seen.”

“Lit City” will go from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. 21+ only. Tickets available here.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...