The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will be held in Franklin Square from May 1 – June 30, 2018 (Closed May 17) at 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia PA 19106.
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Tickets are $18 adults, $12 children (ages 17 and under; 2 and under are Free), and $15 seniors and active military (taxes and fees included).
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.
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.
Once you are in the Festival, you may stay until closing.
The following items are prohibited on Franklin Square park grounds during the festival.
• Aerosol cans – with the exception of sun screen, bug spray & hygiene products
• Lawn chairs and folding chairs
• Glass bottles
• Hard-sided or Styrofoam coolers or thermoses
• Knives, weapons or chains
• Spiked clothing or jewelry
• Bags or backpacks larger than 16” x 16” x 8”
• Fireworks and explosives
• Firearms and ammunition
• Chemical weapons, including mace and pepper spray
• Marijuana and other illegal substances
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones)
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 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 accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex. Please note this transaction will appear on your credit card statement as “HISTORICPHILA”.
Yes, it is located near the Folk Artists tents and the Great Lawn Grill.
Yes, Franklin Square is wheelchair accessible.
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.
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.
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 delicious traditional treats and Philly favorites, including the must-taste Cake Shake, and a special Burger (Sweet & Sour Burger) and Shake (Fortune Cookie Shake) of the Month.
Great Lawn Grill by ROE Thai & JapaneseRoe Contemporary Cuisines includes a menu with Chicken Satay, Beef Bao, Soba Noodle Salad, Thai Tea with Boba, Grilled Corn, Hot Milk, and Tea.
Snack Shack at the Shark from Innovative Catering Concepts menu includes Coffee drinks, slushies, Maglio Sausage Scaloppini, Italian Meatballs, Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, Chicken Fried Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, and Salmon Salad.
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.
After enjoying the Festival, you can visit these local Chinatown restaurants to enjoy special discount offers by showing your Lantern ticket or receipt. Keep an eye out for the Red Panda Promotion Sign at each participating restaurant. Promotions run from May 1 – June 30.
A La Mousse – 145 N 11th St.
10% off any purchase (Dine In Only)
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine – 1009 Arch St.
Free portion of Bassetts Ice Cream (purchase of $7.95; or if group, $7.95 per person average)
BAR-LY CHINATOWN PHILLY – 101 North 11th St.
10% off any purchase.
Bubblefish Sushi and Bubble Tea – 909 Arch St.
Free drink with purchase of $20/ two drinks with $40.
Frozen Rolled Ice Cream – 938 Arch St.
15% off any purchase
Ice land – 224 N 10th St.
10 % off any purchase
Khmer Grill – 1016 Race St.
10% off any purchase (except drink)
Kurry Korner – 1016 Race St.
10% off any purchase
Philly Poke – 1016 Race St.
Complimentary Sushi Ball with purchase of any Poke Bowl.
QT Vietnamese Sandwich – 48 N 10th St.
15% off any purchase
Sakura Mandarin – 1038 Race St.
Free any order of Dim Sum ($50 spending or above)
Xi’an Sizzling Woks – 902 Arch St.
10% off any purchase
Yamitsuki – 1028 Arch St.
Free Draft Beer or Tea of the Day ($50 spending or above)
Zio Pizza Palace & Grill – 157 N 9th St.
$9.99 (+tax) for a extra-large 18” cheese pie. Toppings at extra charge.
$9.99 (+tax) for a medium 16” one topping pie. Additional toppings at extra charge.
$11.50 for 20 piece Buffalo Wings.
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 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.
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes a one- or two- night hotel stay in one of the dozens of participating hotels, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value) and a free welcome gift from VISIT PHILADELPHIA®