Ipswich Illumination 2022Events

Ipswich Illumination, Oct. 14-16, 2022

The Town and people of Ipswich, in partnership with Creative County Initiative (CCI) are proud to present Ipswich Illumination 2022, a celebration of beauty and community. Illumination, now in its 13th year, features a collection of interactive art installations, live music, poetry, projection, bonfires and more along the Ipswich River the weekend of October 14-16, 2022. Admission for all events is free, pay as you go for food and drinks.

Friday, October 14th

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” will be screened 7pm under-the-stars at the Take-Out Terrace, downtown Ipswich (View location on Google Maps).

Illumination bonfires on the Ipswich River

Saturday, October 15 from 1-7pm

Attendees can experience Depth Of Field at the Ipswich Town Hall Athletic Fields. Depth of Field is an outdoor event with two stages for live music, an open-air art-market showcasing artists from across Essex County and Community information and wellness offerings. Depth Of Field is produced by Three Phase Productions in partnership with Creative County Initiative (CCI) whose mission is to invest in collaborative public art projects that encourage partnerships between the arts, municipalities, business and philanthropic sectors.

Food By: Riverview Pizza, American BBQ, Layan Ice Cream Truck

  • 1-7pm Music & Depth of Field at the Ipswich Town Hall Athletic Fields (view location)
  • Open-Air Art Market showcasing artists from across Essex County

Saturday afternoon Music

  • Labor in Vain
  • TEJA
  • SESH
  • LIYA
  • Talk Chalk
  • Rupert Selection
  • Guess Method
  • RMRZ (DJ)
  • Dead to the Core
Watching Illumination from the County Street Bridge.
Illumination watchers at the County St. bridge

Saturday from 6 – 9pm

Attendees are invited to explore an adventure in art and sound through town, from the Take Out Terrace to the Green Street Bridge. The Ipswich River becomes a backdrop for bonfires, live music, art, interactive installations, dance parties, poetry, projection and more. Weaving the locations together you’ll find an illumination path through town connecting people to public points along the Ipswich River. Bonfires will blaze about the footbridge in town with more on the open water along County Street. Wander the path and see what other surprises we have in store for you.

A do-not-miss Saturday night event this year will be CLEAR, brought to Illumination by our friends at the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA). The Cognitive Laboratory of Environment and Arts Research (CLEAR) is a collaboration between Northeastern University and Fashion Institute of Technology whose goal is to foster mechanisms that promote the idea that humans are one with nature, and not separate, even in urban environments. CLEAR will immerse the viewer into the wild.

Enjoy bonfires, lights, music and dance at the annual Ipswich Illumination

Saturday evening music

Follow the bonfires on the river down the Shurcliff Path to the Green Street Bridge to the Rave Dance Party. (View location on Google Maps)

Food by: Good Dogs, Chowder by Ipswich Inn & Ipswich Rotary

Saturday evening music By:

Ipswich Illumination is for all ages

Sunday, October 16

Sunday rounds-out Illumination with poetry & dance. Return to the River at the Take Out Terrace Truss & Stage:

  • 1:00 pm: Spoken Word and the Marsh Hoppers,
  • 2 – 4:00 pm: Tom Palance’s big band hosted by North Shore Swing Dance.
Illumination shadow stage beside the Ipswich Visitor Center
Bonfires on the river at Ipswich Illumination

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