First-Ever Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival To Hit Franklin Square This Spring

From April 22 through June 12, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

Happy 10th birthday, Franklin Square! All year long, Historic Philadelphia celebrates the milestone of its revamped park, and to cap it off presents its first-ever Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

Fast Facts

  • The festival will run from April 22 through June 12.
  • More than 25 lanterns will fill the historic park.
  • Franklin Square will also welcome themed vendors and performances throughout the festival.

From April 22 through June 12, the park will glow with handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot Chinese dragon, all brilliantly lit and constructed by lantern artisans from China.

Franklin Square welcomes the Chinese Lantern Festival, a nighttime-only exhibit featuring glowing lanterns, performances, food drinks and more.
Franklin Square welcomes the Chinese Lantern Festival, a nighttime-only exhibit featuring glowing lanterns, performances, food, drinks and more. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival)

Throughout the historic square, the illuminated lanterns will fill the space nightly. During this time, folks of all ages are invited to explore the park and take in the beautiful sites. The cost of admission is to be determined, but will be an accessible price point.

In addition to glowing flowers, dragons and figures, the festival also promises nightly entertainment to accompany the exhibit.

Both local restaurants and vendors from China will have food and drinks available for purchase. Guests can also purchase themed items that commemorate the festival.

Stay tuned for more information on this first-ever festival for Philadelphia — and the Northeast!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:April 22-June 12
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Before 5 p.m., Free; After 6 p.m., $17 adults, $12 youth (17 and under), $15 senior/military


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  1. The Festival is cheesy, not worth the entrance fee, but what’s worth is that it’s closing the Square at 6pm to use by local residents for almost 2 months and precludes all but well-to-do residents from the Square at night. It’s a horrendous use of the Square made by a brain-dead non-profit running the Square who continues to avoid the truth about park use at night which is now closed off until late June. The Chinese company running the festival is apparently extremely callous about it, apparently refusing to allow even those below the poverty line a one-time free entrance to the festival, and refusing to allow the horrendous eye-sore, black tarp covered fence to be removed, despite its negative effect on the Square.

    In the end, stay away from this Festival. It isn’t remotely worth the entrance fee. It’s a total waste.

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