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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

Chinese Lantern Festival

A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. Credit: J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.


May 9 - June 11, 2017


After a super successful festival last year, the Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Franklin Square this spring.

The popular festival welcomed more than 90,000 people from all 50 states and 10 countries during its first-ever festival in Philly (and the Northeast!) last year.

This year, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns to Philadelphia’s Historic District with all-new, handcrafted lanterns that illuminate when the sun sets — it’s truly a sight to see. All creations will be constructed by lantern artisans from China to make the park come alive each night.

From May 9 through June 11, the park will glow with 29 new (read: different lanterns than last year) handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year) constructed by lantern artisans from China. Other lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas and mythological creatures.

In addition to admiring the radiant display, folks of all ages are invited to explore the park and all else that Franklin Square has to offer, such as the popular carousel and mini golf course. Craftsmen will set up in booths at different sections throughout the square and sell items that celebrate Chinese culture.

The festival also promises entertainment to accompany the festival, with performances that are to include awe-inspiring acrobatics and folk dance performances.

The park will also overflow with dining options that celebrate classic Asian cooking and American fare. Returning this year is the Dragon Beer Garden, an alfresco drinking-and-dining space surrounded by huge lanterns. Unlike last year, though, the beer garden will be open nightly with craft beer, cocktails and fare for the whole family.

Ticketing and Admission

Admission to Franklin Square will be free before 5 p.m., as always.

Starting at 6 p.m., the Chinese Lantern Festival becomes a ticketed event at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and military personnel and $12 for visitors ages 3-17. Entry to the festival is free for children under 2.

Nighttime admission includes live performances, access to the special food and shopping and up-close sights of all of the lanterns.

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