CLEVELAND — If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the Asian Lantern Festival this summer, don't fret! The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is extending the event through September 17.
Unfamiliar with the Asian Lantern Festival? Here is what you experience at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo when attending the event:
The Asian Lantern Festival extension includes 18 additional nights where guests can experience more than 70 all-new, large-scale lantern displays, live acrobatic performances on the Fifth Third Bank Stage, culturally-inspired cuisine at the MetroHealth Asian Food Market and a variety of interactive and themed areas including the CrossCountry Mortgage Light Zone. Tickets are on sale now for the additional walk-though and drive-through experiences.
In a press release from the Zoo, they announced the extension along with the return of the Wild Ride for Wildlife event on September 18. The event will let guests ride their bike through the zoo after-hours and experience the lanterns one last time before they are taken down for the season.
Wild Ride for Wildlife, a family-friendly cycling experience for all ages, returns Sunday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. For the first time since 2018, guests have the opportunity to ride through the zoo on their bikes at this one-night-only after-hours event. The ride offers guests one last chance to experience the illuminated lanterns from this year’s festival from their bike. Bikes are required and tickets are now on sale for Wild Ride for Wildlife at FutureForWildlife.org/wildride. Member tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 2-11. Non-members tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for youth ages 2-11. Children under 2 enter free.
“Already more than 100,000 guests have enjoyed this year’s Asian Lantern Festival,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Manderfield. “We continue to evolve this event, looking for new ways our guests can experience the zoo. This year’s Wild Ride for Wildlife is sure to be memorable, allowing our guests to see the lanterns like never before.”
For more information on pricing, discounts and the events, visit FutureForWildlife.org/lanterns.