FAQ

1) What is Illuminate SF?
ILLUMINATE SF shines a light on San Francisco's ever-expanding light art scene and celebrates the city's culture of creativity and innovation. The year-round initiative is presented by the San FranciscoTravel Association in collaboration with local civic and cultural partners, and showcases the city's public light art installations, most of which are accessible by public transportation and free to view. However, three at SFO are post-security, and artworks in museum exhibitions are viewable with entrance fee during hours of operation.

2) When is Illuminate SF?
Anytime! Most of the light art installations are permanent and part of the vast assortment of free public art in San Francisco. And, given that nighttime hours get longer around the Winter Solstice, Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is a special annual celebration time of the city's dazzling public light art. Plan your trip at www.sftravel.com and find out how you can best experience ILLUMINATE SF FESTIVAL OF LIGHT during the winter months.

3) What is Illuminate SF Festival of Light?
ILLUMINATE SF FESTIVAL OF LIGHT takes place from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and provides experiences for locals and visitors. You can explore the installations, artists, maps and robust collection of light art related articles online or join in the winter festivities in person!

4) What if I’m unable to visit during the Festival?
If you are not able to make it to the city during ILLUMINATE SF FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, but have an interest in experiencing San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene, visit the website for maps, itineraries and neighborhood light art tips. You can explore digitally or in person anytime. Information about the artists, light art installations, videos, photos and Illuminate SF Festival of Light feature stories may be found anytime by visiting www.illuminateSF.com.

5) How many light art installations are featured?
ILLUMINATE SF now features 35 temporary and permanent light art installations, many by internationally renowned light artists. View current public light art featured in ILLUMINATE SF on our Installations page.

6) Are all installations publicly accessible?
Yes, with some exceptions. Three installations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are post-security and accessible only to ticketed passengers for that boarding area (three more installations are pre-security and accessible to all). We wanted to include these SFO installations because millions of visitors pass through SFO each year and have the opportunity to experience these light art installations. Additional installations on view within San Francisco museums (fee for admission) and the San Francisco Main Library are accessible during hours of operation. Most of the public installations are viewable on foot, bike or by car.

7) I know of a light art installation in San Francisco but I do not see it on IlluminateSF.com. Whom should I contact?
We are always looking to add installations, please email us at culture@sftravel.com with updates you discover.

8) I'm a member of the Media. How do I get additional information?
If you have additional questions regarding Illuminate SF, please inquire at media-relations@sftravel.com.

9) How do I receive more information about Illuminate SF?
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