Glowing balloons light up downtown Glendale in Glitters finale Saturday

Hot air balloons light up downtown Glendale during the 2018 Glendale Glitter & Glow balloon festival. [Bette Sharpe/Special to Independent Newsmedia]

Start the new year off right in downtown Glendale with glowing balloons, lights and bands cranking out music at the Glendale Glitter & Glow 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, at Glendale and 58th avenues.

This also will be the last opportunity to see the Glitters holiday light display and its 1.6 million LED lights.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes music from the Westhills Brothers (acoustic guitar), Zero Gravity Fighters (upbeat covers), Cheap Hotels (classic rock), DJ Dangerous (DJ spinning a variety of music), 76th Street (indie pop), Randy Altergott (rock and country covers), Pandy and Rick Duo (country) and Soul Power (Motown/R&B).

Hot-air balloon flames add to the final night of Glendale Glitters Jan. 12 in Historic Downtown Glendale. [Submitted photo]
In addition, the city of Glendale Arts & Culture Division will present a stage of music for the evening with performances by The Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM). Entertainment will include performances by students from PCM’s National Award-Winning College Prep Program, as well as professional artists Keith Johnson, Afro Caribbean; performers from the Arizona Songwriters Association; PCM’s Teaching Artists Band with Jazz/Blues and Latin Jazz, featuring Josie Perez Hernandez, and Rockabilly with Tom Mein. This concert stage is made possible through a grant from the city through its Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative.

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 p.m.

Call the Special Events Hotline at 623-930-2299 or visit .

Editor’s note: Bette Sharpe photographs and writes for

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