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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo extends Asian Lantern Festival through September 26

The limited-time, after-hours event will run Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., through Sept. 26.

CLEVELAND — One of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's most popular events has been extended through September 26!

The record-breaking Asian Lantern Festival presented by Meijer returned to the zoo in early July, and now, organizers have added 11 additional opportunities for families and Northeast Ohioans to check out the show. This year's event includes more than 70 large-scale illuminated displays featuring more than 1,000 individual lanterns. 

The limited time, after-hours event will run Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

In addition to the walk-through experience Thursdays through Sundays, a limited number of drive-through opportunities will be available on Wednesday nights for those who want to experience the Asian Lantern Festival from the comfort of their own vehicles.

Tickets for the 2021 Asian Lantern Festival are now on sale and you can save when you purchase in advance. The discounted cost for Zoo members is $18 or a 4-pack for $54. Advance non-member tickets are $20 or a 4-pack for $60. Same day tickets can be purchased at the Box Office for $22 or a 4-pack for $66. Drive-through tickets are $54 per vehicle for members and $60 per vehicle for non-members. Children under 2 are admitted free. 

Advance tickets can be purchased now by clicking here

“Asian Lantern Festival has become a summer staple in Cleveland, drawing over 150,000 guests each year to experience the wonder of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo after dark,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Manderfield in a statement. “We’re thankful for the tremendous support of Meijer to help bring an all new festival, with new lanterns, performances and experiences in the event’s fourth year.”

Giant lanterns all new to this year’s event include the towering four-story Taj Mahal as well as walk-through experiences including Python Tunnel, Chinese Dragon and Wisteria Corridor. New interactive lanterns like the Butterfly Garden and Star Pad allow guests to light up displays themselves.

There will also be live performances every hour on the Fifth Third Bank Stage featuring acrobatics including foot juggling, contortion, martial arts and more. Guests can shop an Asian craft market, and taste a robust variety of culturally-inspired cuisine, including local favorites Li Wah, King Wah and more during the festival. 

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Editor's Note: The below video is from the 2020 Asian Lantern Festival