CLEVELAND - The popular Asian Lantern Festival is returning to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo beginning Thursday, July 6th. The afterhours event features both walk-through and drive-through experiences, large-scale illuminated lantern displays, live acrobatic performances on the Fifth Third Bank Stage and culturally inspired cuisine.
“Asian Lantern Festival has become a summer staple in Cleveland with guests returning year after year to experience the zoo in a whole new way,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer. “Thanks to the tremendous support of our partners we’re able to elevate the festival every year and we can’t wait to share our biggest and most complex displays yet.”
The Metroparks say that they are working now to install over 1,000 illuminated lanterns that will light up the zoo after dark. This year’s event will include some of the largest displays yet, including a 100-foot-long, four-story-tall palace, sprawling Chinese gardens along Waterfowl Lake and a half-dozen giant walk-through lanterns that will surround guests with colorful flowers.