Now Extended! The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival To Continue Through June 18

Enjoy an entire extra week to take in the captivating sights of the 25+ radiating lanterns...

Fantastic news — the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will remain on display for an additional full week of illumination at Franklin Square.

Originally slated to close out on Sunday, June 11, the festival will now run through Father’s Day, Sunday June 18, meaning there’s more time to get tickets and check it out.


  • The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is now open through Sunday, June 18.
  • 25+ brand-new, handcrafted lanterns illuminate all Franklin Square.
  • Themed eats and drinks are available from several outlets.
  • Tickets are required for entry after 6 p.m. and are available online.

Returning after a highly successful premiere last year, the Chinese Lantern Festival lights up Franklin Square each night with 29 new handcrafted lanterns from China. In addition to a newly rebuilt 200-foot Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year), the lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas and mythological creatures.

The festival also features entertainment, including awe-inspiring acrobatics and folk dance performances, and an array of dining options that celebrate classic Asian cooking and American fare.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square
(Photo by J. Fusco for Tianyu)

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival features…

  • A 200-foot-long Chinese dragon
  • Animals of the Chinese zodiac, a sea world (pictured), Terracotta warriors and other lanterns
  • A Dragon Beer Garden
  • An array of Asian and classic American eats
  • And more…

And, adding to the reasons to take advantage of the extra week, a lantern-surrounded beer garden offers an expansive al fresco drinking-and-dining space, perfect for relaxing on a warm evening spent outdoors.

As a reminder, Franklin Square’s playground will be free and open to the public throughout the festival’s run before 5 p.m., but after 6 p.m., Chinese Lantern Festival tickets will be required to gain access to all of the attractions.

Buy your tickets now and go check out the one-of-a-kind festival before it’s too late!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Sunday, June 18; Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors and military personnel; $12, youth


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