The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will be held in Franklin Square from May 1 – June 30, 2019 at 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia PA 19106.
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Sunday – Thursday: $18 adults, $12 children (ages 3-12; 2 and under are free), $16 students (13-17 and with current student ID), $16 seniors (65+) and military (with ID).
Friday & Saturday (timed tickets required): $20 adults, $12 children (ages 3-12; 2 and under are free), $18 students (13-17 and with current student ID), $18 seniors (65+) and military (with ID).
All ticket prices include taxes and fees.
Note: The Art-Reach ACCESS program discount is not valid for Festival tickets.
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 grounds 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 5 p.m. for preparations for the Festival to begin. The park is cleared of all guests during this time. If you have tickets for the evening’s Festival you will be directed to the 6th & Race Streets entrance to reenter after 6 p.m.
To ensure complete game play, 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. However, if you leave the Festival you cannot re-enter.
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)
All management decisions as to violations are final. Guests removed from the premises will not be granted refunds.
Admission includes viewing all of the amazing lantern displays, folk artists, and authentic Chinese performances. There are three performances each night!
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. Please be advised that you may only reschedule your ticket once. Community/Special Event tickets can only be rescheduled to another evening of the same event. Friday/Saturday tickets may only be rescheduled to another Friday or Saturday, similarly Sunday through Thursday tickets may only be rescheduled to a Sunday through Thursday.
Email email@example.com 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.
No, tickets are non-refundable.
The date/time may be sold out. Please choose another date/time.
An email confirming your purchase should arrive within 30 minutes of payment. Check your junk mail folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event that you entered an invalid/misspelled email during your purchase, the payment will appear on your credit card but your tickets will not be delivered. Please email us at email@example.com with the name that the tickets were purchased under and the correct email address. We will resend your tickets.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex. Please note this transaction will appear on your credit card statement as “HISTORICPHILA”.
Yes, an ATM is located in the Dragon Beer Garden.
Yes, Franklin Square is wheelchair accessible. Please keep in mind that you will be traveling on brick, concrete, and grass surfaces.
This is an outdoor event, open rain or shine unless for extreme weather conditions. For your safety, attractions may close or entry may be restricted during a thunderstorm and will resume as conditions improve. The lanterns are weather resistant.
Please check current weather conditions prior to your visit and dress appropriately. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited on park property as well as all other parks within Philadelphia.
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, acrobatics, and plate spinning.
All performers are subject to change.
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.
There are many food and beverages offered throughout the Festival including SquareBurger, the Dragon Beer Garden, and more culturally inspired food locations.
Four-legged family members are always welcome in Franklin Square, provided they are on a leash.
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.
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.
Visitors from all 50 states have experienced the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival! You can find a variety of hotel options and packages that include valet parking and free perks with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.