Chinese Lantern Festival 2017
September 7 – October 29, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Online ticket sales end at 4 p.m. each day. If the event is sold out online, limited tickets will be available at the door with entry ending at 9 p.m.
Please note, tickets must be presented (mobile phone or printed) for admission to the Garden.
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 followed by coaching by master Martial Arts Champions, enjoy authentic Shadow Plays 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.
Nightly Activity Schedule:
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Children’s Craft
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Chinese Folk Art Marketplace
6 – 9 p.m.: Food Truck(s)
6 – 6:45 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
7 – 7:30 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities
7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
8:45 – 9:15 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities
Wednesday, October 4; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Free with Festival Admission
Come celebrate the full moon as part of Chinese and Asian tradition as a way to give thanks and gather in mass for traditionally, a successful harvest. Sample mooncakes, play games, create crafts and watch a lion dance – all part of the evening’s celebration.
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.
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 and less than 30 minutes from uptown. 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! Tickets are nonrefundable.
What does the ticket admission include?
Admission includes parking, access to the Garden and all Chinese lantern displays, authentic Chinese performances including Kung Fu and Shadow Plays, and complimentary crafts for children. Tickets do not include food or beverages.
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 6 or 7:45 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.
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.
Do you need volunteers for the Chinese Lantern Festival?
All volunteer shifts have now been filled.
Is the Garden still open during the day?
Yes, the garden is open for general admission during the day. Please click here to view regular daytime hours and admission. If you plan to visit during the day and also during the evening, you will need to to purchase both daytime admission passes and also Chinese Lantern Festival tickets.
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.
Where can I learn more about Hanart Culture and the Chinese Lantern Festival?
Hanart Culture is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with events throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Visit www.chineselanternfestival.com to learn more.