Due to popular demand, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced it is extending its Asian Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s through Sunday, September 20, 2020.
The one-month extension includes additional dates to experience the full walk-through event as well as a drive-through option.
“With significantly reduced capacity at this year’s Asian Lantern Festival for the safety of our guests, many nights of the festival have sold out,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks chief marketing officer. “The zoo and our partners at Cleveland Clinic Children’s want to give everyone the opportunity to experience this year’s truly unique event in the way that they are most comfortable with.”
The festival was initially scheduled to conclude Sunday, Aug. 23. Due to demand, the zoo first expanded the festival by adding a drive-through only experience on Mondays and Tuesdays prior to today’s announcement. This year more than 75,000 guests have already visited the festival.
Now in its third year, Asian Lantern Festival is bigger than ever with more than 70 never-before-seen lantern displays, new acrobatic performances on the Fifth Third Bank Stage, interactive experiences and culturally-inspired cuisine. This year’s festival also includes the Dinosaurs Around the World experience, featuring 20 enormous animatronics along Waterfowl Lake. Dinosaurs Around the World will remain an as add-on zoo experience through the end of the year.
To allow for proper social distancing, the zoo will continue to limit attendance each night of the festival. Reservations are required for the drive-through experience and highly recommended for the walk-through experience. In order to protect against COVID-19, the zoo has implemented several additional safety measures including one-way directional flow through the event, handwashing stations and frequent sanitation of zoo grounds. Guests are required to wear facial coverings during their visit unless they are participating in the drive-through experience.
Tickets are now available online. Advance tickets for the walk-through Asian Lantern Festival are $18 per ticket for zoo members and $20 for non-members. A 4-pack is available for zoo members for $54 and non-members for $60. For the drive-through experience entry is $54 per car for zoo members and $60 per car for non-members. Guests will not be able to exit their vehicle during the experience. Visit futureforwildlife.org/lanterns for more information.