Glow Fest lights up downtown Calgary

The fourth edition of the free family-friendly festival features food trucks, interactive installations and live music.

Photos from the 1st night of the family-friendly festival

Friends huddle together for a photo Thursday night at the Glow Fest in downtown Calgary. (Ose Irete/CBC)

The Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival — a.k.a. Glow Fest — kicked off Thursday and will be lighting up Stephen Avenue from Feb. 10 to 12 and Feb. 17 to 19. 

Free for all attendees, the festival is organized by the Calgary Downtown Association in collaboration with Chinook Blast.

More than just your average light show, the festival showcases interactive light displays like Ingrid Ingrid's domino effect, pictured below. 

Festival-goers take a closer look at the Windhouse Trio installation by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens.

Performers from the aGoGo dance and performance troupe lit up the streets with their smiles and spinning lights.

One of the aGoGo performers shows off the gems on his face.

At Olympic Plaza, skaters took to the ice surrounded by colourful lights. 

A child gets back up from a fall while skating at Olympic Plaza. 

Festival-goers were also treated to musical performances by local artists.

Singer and guitarist Awab Paracha, pictured below, entertained the audience at the Trailer Stage.

Food trucks were on hand to feed the festival. Smoke Show food truck served up po' boys and poutine. 

A Stampede staple was also on hand courtesy of the Calgary Mini Donuts food truck. 

A spectator takes a video of the dancers from GlobalFest in the window stage at Glow Winter Light Festival.

A family walks through an installation during the Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival in Calgary on Thursday. (Ose Irete/CBC)