The Chinese Lantern Festival Returns To Franklin Square With All-New Lanterns This Spring

Nearly 30 illuminated (and handcrafted!) lanterns fill the park for year two...

Drumroll, please! After a super successful festival last year, the Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Franklin Square this spring.

The popular festival welcomed more than 90,000 people from all 50 states and 10 countries during its first-ever festival in Philly (and the Northeast!) last year.

This year, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns to Philadelphia’s Historic District with all-new, handcrafted lanterns that illuminate when the sun sets — it’s truly a sight to see.


  • The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns from May 9 to June 11.
  • 29 handcrafted lanterns will fill the historic park.
  • The festival also promises themed performances and inspired food and drinks.

From May 9 through June 11, the park will glow with 29 new (read: different lanterns than last year) handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year) constructed by lantern artisans from China. Other lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas and mythological creatures.

Chinese Lantern Festival
(Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)
The Chinese Lantern Festival returns with all-new silk lanterns from May 9 to June 11.

The park will also overflow with dining options that celebrate classic Asian cooking and American fare. Returning this year is the Dragon Beer Garden, an alfresco drinking-and-dining space surrounded by huge lanterns. Unlike last year, though, the beer garden will be open nightly with craft beer, cocktails and fare for the whole family.

In addition to glowing lanterns, the festival will feature special performances from acrobats and folk dancers as well as a craft market peddling items that celebrate Asian culture.

Admission to Franklin Square will be free during the day, as always. Starting at 6 p.m., the Chinese Lantern Festival becomes a ticketed event at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and military personnel and $12 for visitors ages 3-17. Entry to the festival is free for children under 2.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting five-week spring festival in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:May 9-June 11
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Before 5 p.m., free; $17 for adults, $15 for seniors/military, $12 for youth ages 3-17 and free for children under 2


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