Chinese Lantern Festival lights up The Garden


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Enter a world filled with colorful illuminated creatures from around the globe during the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, September 7 through October 29, 2017.

Make no mistake, these lanterns are not handheld, candlelit lamps, but larger-than-life creations made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage.

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See panda bears, lions, flamingos and more fauna from the world’s seven continents – over 800 handmade lanterns in all covering more than 12 acres in The Garden’s largest exhibition to date. Some are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows.

Living arts will further enhance your experience at the Lantern Festival. Marvel at Kung Fu and acrobatic shows, savor authentic Chinese food, and attend an ancient tea ceremony, sampling its exotic brews. Enjoy live music played on age-old instruments as you shop for unique Asian crafts in the marketplace.

The Festival runs Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Sept. 7 – Oct. 29.

Admission cost $24.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 2-12 and $21.95 for seniors (ages 60 and up). Tickets purchased in advance online cost $21.95 (adults), $14.95 (children) and $19.95 (seniors). Children under age 2 are admitted free. To purchase tickets click here.

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont, N.C. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit  

Nightly activity schedule for the Chinese Lantern Festival:
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Family Activities (Fridays and Saturdays only)
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Chinese Folk Art Marketplace
6 – 9 p.m. –  Food Truck(s)
6 – 6:45 p.m. – Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
7 – 7:30 p.m. – Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities
7:45 – 8:30 p.m. – Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
8:45 – 9:15 p.m. – Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities