Father’s Day Pig Roast

Please note that although the Garden is no longer offering the Pig Roast, Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ will be onsite 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 and will offer a selection of BBQ for purchase.


Chinese Lantern Festival 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival 2017

September 7 – October 29, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Please note, tickets must be presented at entry for admission to the Garden. Ticket sales/entry end at 9 p.m. each evening.
The Garden can accept tickets printed at home or on your mobile device. 

We may call these “lanterns,” but make no mistake – these are not hand-held, candle-lit lamps. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingos and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. It’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date and over 800 handmade lanterns will fill more than 12 acres.

Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Guests will marvel at Kung Fu shows (6:30 & 8 p.m. each evening) followed by coaching by master Martial Arts Champions, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features authentic Chinese folk art and crafts handmade onsite. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and raked sand.

Throughout autumn, the Garden will offer continuing education classes for adults, programs for schools and home schools, guided tours for groups and much more.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Wednesday, October 4; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Free with Festival Admission
Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Asian event that celebrates the moon. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities and sample a traditional a moon cake.


Garden members receive 30% off tickets including up to four guests. Click here to become a member today! We highly encourage all guests to purchase tickets online in advance. If tickets are not sold out for an evening , tickets will also be available at the door.

Online in Advance At the Door
Adult:  $21.95 Adult:  $24.95
Senior 60+:  $19.95 Senior 60+:  $21.95
Child 2-12:  $14.95 Child 2-12:  $15.95
Child Under 2:  Free Child Under 2:  Free

Admission with Chinese Lantern Festival tickets begins at 5:30 p.m. These tickets are not valid for daytime admission or before 5:30 p.m. Daytime admission is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with entry ending at 4 p.m. and requires the purchase of a general admission ticket or Garden membership. Questions? Contact us at 704-825-4490.

Interested in free tickets to the Chinese Lantern Festival? Register to volunteer! Fill out the online form via the button below, attend a training session in August, and you’ll receive two tickets to the festival when you sign up for three volunteer shifts!

Chinese Lantern Festival is a Production of

Event Sponsors



Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden located?
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located just west of Charlotte at the N.C./S.C. state line, outside the quaint town of Belmont. The Garden is easily accessible from Interstates 85 and 77. View on Google Maps >

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance online or at the door?
We strongly recommend that visitors purchase tickets online in advance for the quickest entry due to the popularity of this event. Popular evenings may sell out!

Are packages available for groups and group tours?
Groups of 15+ can purchase tickets for self-guided tours in advance by calling 704-829-1252 at the standard advance ticket price of $21.95/adult, $19.95/senior, and $14.95/child. Groups of 15-25 can register for a 60-minute guided tour at either 5:30 or 7 p.m. by calling 704-829-1252. Guided tours are $100 plus admission for each guest at $21.95/adult, $19.95/senior, and $14.95/child. Payment is required two weeks in advance.

Do you need volunteers for the Chinese Lantern Festival?
Yes, please! We need volunteers to help with greeting guests, activities and more. You can apply to be a volunteer HERE. If you volunteer for three shifts during the event, you’ll receive two free tickets to the exhibit! Please contact volunteer@dsbg.org for more info.

Can I bring my camera?
General photography is encouraged, but please review our Photography Policy before your visit if you plan on bringing more than a phone or basic camera.

Can I bring food and/or beverages?
Beverages, dinner options and snacks will be available for purchase from The Garden Store and vendors. The Garden does not have a restaurant onsite. Picnics and coolers are welcome anywhere on the property, but please no alcoholic carry-ins. Please leave grills at home.

Is the Garden handicap and stroller accessible?
The Garden is fully handicap and stroller accessible, but does not provide wheelchairs or strollers onsite. Benches are located throughout the Garden, but do expect walking both indoors and outdoors to view the exhibit.

Are pets allowed?
Animals are not allowed unless they are service animals with a vest and/or papers.

What if it rains or if there is bad weather?
The Garden is open rain or shine, but in the event of extreme weather including dangerous storms, the Garden may close. Please call 704-825-4490 prior to your visit. Rain checks will be issued if the Garden closes for the safety of our guests.

Mommy & Me Tea on Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday, May 13; 11 a.m.
Ages: 2-12 (Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult)
Registration ends Thursday, May 11 at Noon

Share an afternoon tea with your Mom and Sproutycakes Bakery. Enjoy tea sandwiches and sweets plus two types of delicious iced teas. Moms will receive a special gift and kids will receive a take-home kit to make their Mom a card for Mother’s Day.


  • Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
  • Veggie and Hummus Tea Sandwiches
  • Turkey and Cucumber Pinwheels
  • Pasta Salad
  • Fruit Cup
  • Cake Pops
  • Iced Sugar Cookies

Please email sproutycakesbakery@gmail.com with any food allergies/dietary needs by Thursday, May 11 after registering.

Upcycled Art Cards

NEW! Upcycled Art Cards
Saturday, April 29; 1 – 2 p.m. (click to register)
Instructor: Suzanne Patz, Garden Staff and Paper Craft Artist
Price: $15 (make 1 card and 3 postcards)
Create one-of-a-kind upcycled cards and postcards using materials that might ordinarily get tossed. Explore your inner art while becoming inspired to think ‘green’ and gift sustainably. Optional: Bring a favorite colorful cereal or snack box for postcard construction. Best for ages 12+.

Mini-Presentation Series

Presentations are free for Garden members or free with general admission and coincide with the Garden Store’s Plant Boutique.

April 8 at 11:30 a.m. – “Hostas” with Keith Camburn
April 9 at 11:30 a.m. – “Watering Cans and Watering Barrels” with Susan Rykens of Bosmere (Guests can enter a drawing for a chance to win Bosmere’s most popular watering can valued at $32)
April 15 at 11:30 a.m. – “Monarchs: Creating Safe Habitats” with Debbie Foster of Habitat Stewards Training Program
April 22 at Noon – Topic TBA with Charlotte Bamboo
April 23 at 11:00 a.m. – “Bonsai Demonstration” with The Bonsai Society
April 29 at 11:00 a.m. – “Container Gardening” with Megan Ferguson
May 6 at 11:30 a.m. – “Hostas” with Keith Camburn
May 20 at 11:00 a.m. –”Container Gardening” with Megan Ferguson
May 21 at 11:00 a.m. –”Bonsai Demonstration” with The Bonsai Society