Chinese Lantern Festival Cancelled

Current ticket holders should Click Here to learn about a special offer.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has cancelled its popular Chinese Lantern Festival. The show, originally scheduled to kick off in August and rescheduled to begin Oct. 15 due to the effects of Covid-19, has now been cancelled as a result of the cascading effects of the novel coronavirus.

The show’s producer, Hanart Culture is based in the U.S. but depends on Chinese artists to produce the show. The producer obtained work permits in August, and until the past week it appeared that the show would go on. With U.S. Embassies and Consulates offices closed or operating on a limited basis throughout Asia, Hanart Culture was unable to secure visas because of ever-changing policies at State Department posts.

The Garden and Hanart Culture decided earlier this week that producing the show was impractical. The Garden has begun advising ticket holders that it would refund their money or will offer them a special deal on tickets for its Holidays at the Garden event. The Lantern Festival would have taken the place of the Garden’s traditional winter event, but now the Garden’s staff is making plans to implement Holidays at the Garden beginning in late November. Details for the holiday show will be announced in the coming weeks.


Online AdvancePrices Increase At the Door (When Available)
Adult:  $23.95Adult: $26.95
Senior 60+:  $21.95Senior 60+: $23.95
Child 2 – 12:  $15.95Child 2 – 12:  $16.95
Child Under 2: FreeChild Under 2: Free
Members: 30% off + Up to 4 GuestsMembers: 30% off + Up to 4 Guests

Admission with Chinese Lantern Festival tickets begin at the time designated on your ticket or later.  These tickets are not valid for daytime admission or before the time designated on your ticket. Daytime admission is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (4 p.m. Nov. 1-Jan. 31) with entry ending an hour before closing and requires the purchase of a general admission ticket or Garden membership. Questions? Contact us at 704-829-1294.


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 recommend that all 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 lantern displays, authentic Chinese performances, 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. 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. 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?
Yes! Please email or call 704-829-1257 if you’re interested!

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?

Only trained service animals that perform life functions for individuals with disabilities are permitted in the Garden.

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 to learn more.

Members receive 30% off member tickets in addition to up to four guest tickets per visit. Not a member yet? Join the Garden today for free daytime admission, year-round benefits, and discounts on events.