The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

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Tuesday May 1

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7:00 PM  –  11:00 PM


This blockbuster event will illuminate Franklin Square with all new culturally-inspired lantern sculptures, performances and handcrafted keepsakes by Chinese folk artists, the Dragon Beer Garden, and much more.

Franklin Square is located at 6th & Race Streets. The Festival is open from 6 pm – 11 pm every night. 

Timed tickets are required for entry on Fridays and Saturdays during the Festival. You may enter 15 minutes prior to the time on your ticket or any time after. Once inside you may stay to enjoy the festival for as long as you like. Tickets are not valid after the close of the Festival that day. 

Don't see your desired date or time? Click on "other dates" or "other times" to see more options. Tickets are valid for entry up to one hour before closing time. 


Please keep in mind that this is a limited run special event and is very popular.  Walk up and/or online ticket sales may cease when capacity is reached. Please purchase tickets as far in advance as possible to secure your entry.

Lantern Festival FAQ 

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) Ticket Policies

HPI retains the right to cancel, postpone, close attractions at any time.  In the event of inclement weather every effort will be made to ensure operations upon the return of safe operating conditions.  In the event of a complete cancellation, rain checks will be issued with proof of purchase.

We do understand occasionally circumstances come up after purchasing tickets to an event in the future.  We are happy to reschedule your tickets provided it is at least 48 hours in advance of your ticket date. You may reschedule your ticket only once.  Community/Special Event Night tickets can only be rescheduled to another evening of the same event – they cannot be rescheduled to a general admission night.

Email with your order number and date which you wish to reschedule to.  If you are rescheduling to a Friday or Saturday, you must specify an arrival time.

Once we have processed the request, we will send a new ticket to the same email address it was originally purchased under.  Your prior ticket will become void. No phone calls, please.

Guests assume all inherent risks associated with the normal operation of this attraction.    Guests must also obey all oral and written warnings.  Attractions are subject to certain height, safety and/or age restrictions.  Violators are subject to ejection without refund.  By entering the attraction, each Guest grants HPI the rights to film, videotape, or photograph him/her on attraction property for any reason, without payment or consideration.  All HPI attractions are protected by copyright.  Guests must have written permission to use photography and/or videotape of HPI images for commercial broadcasting, advertising, marketing or publishing in any medium.  It is agreed between the Guest and HPI all claims for loss or injury arising from the guest’s participation in attraction shall be litigated in Philadelphia, PA.