The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will be held in Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets.
Franklin Square is open daily. The park grounds and playgrounds open at 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf open at 10 a.m. The Square closes each day at 5 p.m. for preparations for the Festival to begin. Final ticket sales and entrance to Philly Mini Golf are at 4:15 p.m. Final ticket sales and entrance to the Parx Liberty Carousel are at 4:30 p.m.
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. After 5 p.m., guests not entering the Festival may use the entrance on 7th street.
This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. The lanterns are weather resistant. Please check current weather conditions for your visit and dress appropriately. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
There will be two different shows nightly (7 p.m. & 9 p.m.) that feature Chinese performances, including traditional Chinese dance and music.
Performances will take place on the stage on the Great Lawn, near the Race Street side of the 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 $7.50 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 pm and exit before 3 am to receive the discount—if entry and exit time is outside of those parameters, guests must pay normal lot rates. Fridays and Saturdays, parking is a flat rate of $5.
SquareBurger serves up 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 Dragon Beer Garden features beer, wine, and signature cocktails as well as some Chinese-inspired food offerings.
Four-legged family members are always welcome in Franklin Square.
Franklin Square is a smoke-free park. This includes vaping.
Admission includes viewing all of the amazing lantern displays, artisans, and authentic Chinese performances.
To speed your trip we encourage you to pre-purchase your tickets online or via your smart phone.
Online at phillychineselanternfestival.com. There is no additional fee to purchase online. You may also purchase in person at Franklin Square.
Ticket sales begin Monday, April 3.
Bring the printable ticket with the barcode
If you cannot print the ticket at home, your ticket can be scanned on your smart phone. When you arrive at the gate, open your email with the ticket 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.
If you have purchased a ticket, you may re-schedule your ticket provided it is at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. After that time tickets cannot be changed. To re-schedule your tickets call 215-629-2801 ext. 305.
We do not offer refunds for unused tickets.
Once you are in the Festival, you may stay until closing.
Absolutely! We offer special group rates for groups of 20 or more. You can contact our group sales department at 215-629-5801 x213 for details.