Asian Lantern Festival Returns to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Asian Lantern Festival Returns to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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The Asian Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s will transform the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with hundreds of illuminated lanterns beginning June 20.

“We are thankful to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for their continued partnership, making it possible to once again offer this truly unique experience to the community,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Manderfield. “The Asian Lantern Festival is returning bigger than ever with all-new displays, additional live performances and an enhanced offering of culturally-inspired cuisine.”

The festival is bringing all new lantern displays this year, including a walk-through 100-foot-long shark tunnel, a 30-foot-tall giant panda, interactive moon swings and stepping stones, and an expansive display of Chinese pagodas.

The limited time, after-hours event will run Thursday through Sunday evenings, 6:30-10 p.m., from June 20 through July 28.

Discounted advanced tickets for zoo members cost $15.50 and $18.50 for non-members, or a 4-pack for $50. Advance ticket sales end at midnight the day before the event. Tickets can be purchased same-day at the box office for $20.50 each or a 4-pack for $60. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Single night tickets and a family four-pack are on sale now at

Last year’s Asian Lantern Festival broke U.S. and international attendance records for lighting events of its kind, with more than 150,000 guests.

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