Photos by Cheryl Landes
After successful runs in Minnesota, Washington State, and Oklahoma, the Chinese Lantern Light Festival is coming to San Francisco Friday, March 2, through Sunday, April 29.
Tickets are now on sale for the San Francisco Lantern Light Festival. If you go, I recommend buying tickets online, because they’re more expensive at the gate.
Dozens of hand-crafted Chinese lanterns will be on display at the festival. These lanterns, some more than 30 feet high and others up to 300 feet long, were built in China, disassembled, shipped to the festival sites, and reassembled.
Although the lanterns are the highlight the festival, there’s a lot more to experience. Watch Chinese acrobats perform live on stage. Hear recorded Chinese music while walking through the lantern displays. Savor Chinese food and buy souvenirs. Kids can mine for emeralds, ride dragons, and have their faces painted.
There’s also miniature golf.
And on select nights, you’ll see fireworks.
The San Francisco Lantern Light Festival will be located at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairground Drive, in Vallejo, California. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Ticket prices vary, depending on whether you purchase individual tickets or packages, and are less expensive to buy online. You can also avoid long lines at the entrance by buying online.
For more information about the festival, visit the San Francisco Lantern Light Festival page.