The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will be held in Franklin Square at 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia PA 19106.
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Franklin Square is open daily. The park and playgrounds open at 6 a.m. The Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf open at 10 a.m.
The Square closes each day at 6 p.m. (5 p.m.on Fridays and Saturdays) for preparations for the Festival to begin. The park is cleared of guests during this time.
To ensure complete gameplay, final ticket sales and entrance to Philly Mini Golf is 45 minutes prior to closing for the Festival. Final ticket sales and entrance to the Parx Liberty Carousel is 30 minutes prior to closing for the Festival.
The Franklin Square Playground remains open until 9 p.m. each day. Attendees of the Festival may have their hand stamped to enter the playground through its main entrance from the Square.
During Festival hours, guests not entering the Festival may use the entrance on 7th street.
Once you are in the Festival, you may stay until closing.
To speed your trip, we encourage you to pre-purchase your tickets online or via your smartphone at phillychineselanternfestival.org. There is no additional fee to purchase online.
When purchasing tickets online, please be sure to double check that your email address has been entered correctly to ensure the tickets have been processed.
You may also purchase tickets in person at Franklin Square when you arrive for the Festival or at our regular ticket window during the day.
Admission includes viewing all of the amazing lantern displays, folk artists, and authentic Chinese performances.
Tickets do not include merchandise, food, beverages, or admission to the Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex. Please note this transaction will appear on your credit card statement as “HISTORICPHILA”.
This is an outdoor event, rain or shine unless for extreme weather conditions. The lanterns are weather resistant.
Please check current weather conditions prior to your visit and dress appropriately. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
Performances feature a variety of Chinese entertainment and art, including face-changing, contortion, acrobatics, and plate spinning.
All performers are subject to change.
Monday – Thursday (two performances)
8 pm and 9:30 pm
Friday – Sunday (three performances)
7:30 pm, 9 pm, and 10:30 pm
Performances will take place on the stage on the Great Lawn, near the Race Street side of Franklin Square.
Seating is limited. Sitting or standing on the lawn is permitted.
Visitors are encouraged to park at PPA AutoPark @ Independence Mall, located between 5th and 6th streets and Market and Arch streets (directly underneath the Independence Visitor Center).
Sunday – Thursday, parking is a flat rate of $8 (with a $2 discount) if you show your Lantern Festival ticket at the garage office (located on level P1, at the exit plaza). Guests must enter the parking lot after 5 p.m. and exit before 3 a.m. to receive the discount—if entry and exit times are outside of those parameters, guests must pay normal lot rates. Fridays and Saturdays, parking is a flat rate of $7.
SquareBurger serves classic burgers and shakes and adds culturally-inspired items only available during the Festival.
Roe Contemporary Cuisine’s menu includes Chicken Satay, Beef Bao, Soba Noodle Salad, Thai Tea with Boba, Grilled Corn, Hot Milk, and Tea.
The Beer Garden features beer, wine, and signature cocktails as well as some Chinese-inspired food offerings, including wings and veggie skewers. Please note that last call is at 10 p.m. each night.
Four-legged family members are always welcome in Franklin Square, provided they are on a leash.
Franklin Square is a smoke-free park. This includes vaping.
Bring the printable ticket with the barcode
If you cannot print the ticket at home, your ticket can be scanned on your smartphone. When you arrive at the gate, go to the pre-purchased tickets line, open your email, and click the link to retrieve your e-tickets. Show this ticket with the barcode to be scanned. Do not screen capture your ticket, as it will not work. Once scanned, tickets are void.
You may enter 15 minutes prior to the time on your ticket or any time after. Tickets are not valid after the close of the Festival that day.
We do understand occasionally circumstances come up after purchasing tickets to an event in the future. We are happy to reschedule your tickets provided it is at least 48 hours in advance of your ticket date.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and date which you wish to reschedule to. If you are rescheduling to a Friday or Saturday, you must specify an arrival time.
Once we have processed the request, we will send a new ticket to the same email address it was originally purchased under. Your prior ticket will become void.
No phone calls, please.
We do not offer refunds for unused tickets unless otherwise noted.
Absolutely! We offer special group rates for groups of 20 or more. You can contact our group sales department at 215-629-5801 ext. 209 for details.
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