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Asian Lantern Festival at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Asian Lantern Festival returns for its third year bigger than ever with over 1,000 illuminated lanterns and featuring over 70 never-before-seen lantern displays, new acrobatic performances on the Fifth Third Bank Stage, interactive experiences and culturally-inspired cuisine.

To allow for social distancing, there will be a limited number of tickets available each night of Asian Lantern Festival and advance reservations are strongly recommended.  Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will also have several safety measures during the festival to protect against COVID-19 including one-way directional flow through the event, hand-washing stations and frequent sanitation of Zoo grounds.  Facial coverings will be recommended for guests, but not required.
The festival will feature new creative displays including a 200-foot-long phoenix that sprawls across Waterfowl Lake, dynamic walk-through displays and a towering six-story tall colorful pagoda.  Four live acrobatic performances can be seen on the Fifth Third Bank stage each night including juggling, dancing and acrobatic acts.  The festival will also feature a variety of Asian food and beverage, including local favorites Li Wah and King Wah as well as some of the Zoo’s regular concessions, such as Kiko’s Kitchen, and Pizza Hut.
The limited time, after-hours event will run Wednesday through Sunday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 8 through August 23.
The new Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors exhibition is also included in the purchase of each Asian Lantern Festival ticket.  As part of the festival, guests can experience nearly two dozen gigantic dinosaurs as they come to life at night along Waterfowl Lake.  
Guests can save on Asian Lantern Festival tickets by purchasing in advance.  The discounted cost for Zoo members is $18 per ticket and $20 for nonmembers.  A four-pack is available for Zoo members for $54 and nonmembers for $60. Same-day box office purchases will be limited and priced at $22 per ticket member/nonmember and $66 for group 4-pack.  Advance tickets are on sale now at