Tickets To The Dazzling Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Are Now On Sale

Purchase your tickets now for the epic fest, which returns May 9-June 11...

Get excited: Tickets for the 2017 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square are now on sale!

From May 9 to June 11, the Chinese Lantern Festival 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.
  • Tickets are now on sale and are $12-$17 per person.
  • Tickets are required for entry starting at 6 p.m. Entry during the day is free.

The Festival

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 event in Philly (and the Northeast!) last year.

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

Chinese Lantern Festival
(Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.)
Tickets are now on sale for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, returning May 9 to June 11.

How To Get Tickets

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 two. Note that special group rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Tickets are also available at the festival entrance, but guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines. (This festival is very popular.)

Click here to purchase your tickets to this blockbuster festival.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

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


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