Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Spring in Philadelphia

Things to do | Travel | Philadelphia, PA | United States

Heading to Philadelphia this spring? If you're in town between May 9th - June 11th, 2017, check out the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival! It features dozens of intricate, illuminated lantern displays in Franklin Park. 


The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is held at Franklin Square, right next to Philadelphia's Chinatown. The festival begins at 6pm every night, and while tickets are required to enter the festival, you can also visit Franklin Square during the day and view the un-lit lantern displays for FREE

We visited during the day, and the displays were beautiful! Beautiful enough for us to want to return at night. Last year was the festival's first year, and this year it has returned with all-new lanterns. Most notable are the 200-foot long Chinese dragon display and the adorable panda display. 

Admission to the festival includes views of the lantern displays and various performances (such as acrobatics, martial arts, dancing, etc). The festival also features a Dragon Beer Garden along with SquareBurger, food vendors, and food trucks in case you get hungry. But if you want better food, we suggest walking to Chinatown! 

Franklin Square 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 6PM - 10PM, Friday to Saturday 6PM - 11PM
Cost: Adult $17.00 / Youth (17 and younger) $12.00 / Senior (65 and over) & Military $15.00

For more information, visit the official website

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