Chinese Lantern Festival 2017
Coming September 7 – October 29, 2017
Check back for more info soon!
Chinese lanterns are coming to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this fall! We 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 a world of illuminated panda bears, dragons, towering buildings and gates.
Each lantern is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. These custom lanterns will be built into the Garden’s own displays and features. Other lanterns are made of hundreds of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. Augmenting the lanterns are spectacular works made of Chinese painted porcelain dishes.
Upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival Special Events
Join us for First Tuesday presentations, held on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while learning about a variety of topics. Presentations are free for members or free with general Garden admission for non-members and are held in the Visitor Pavilion. No registration is required. Please note there will be no first Tuesday Program on Tuesday, July 4.
Behind the Scenes of Chinese Lanterns
Tuesday, Aug. 8; Noon
Join us for a production preview of this fall’s Chinese Lantern Festival. Our staff is partnering with Hanart Culture, which has produced similar festivals throughout North America. During this First Tuesday, we’ll give guests a look at how it’s all coming together.
First Tuesday presentations are free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12.