Friday, May 11, 2018

Lions and Dragons and Pandas, Oh My: Chinese Lantern Fest

The Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Spring and summer mean outdoor music festivals, concerts and the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia.

Get to Philadelphia's Franklin Square for #PhillyLanternFest
The Chinese Lantern Festival, an eight week extravaganza, lights up Franklin Square nightly through June 30.

Although you have to pay for the festival to see it lit up at night, you can visit the park during day for free and see the lanterns.

Franklin Square also has a summer of free fun, including music and movies, the rest of the summer.

I got to attend a media preview last week, where the 28 brightly colored lanterns include a 200 foot long dragon.
During the day, see the lanterns for free

Just walking around looking at the colored lights is fun, but there is more entertainment on offer. Performances include acrobatics and dance. And folk artists sell crafts.

The mini golf, which includes Philly landmarks like the Art Museum and Liberty Bell, is open during the festival, along with the carousel.
Vegetarian SquareBurger

Food and drink

In addition to SquareBurger, during the festival there is Asian food for sale. I had veggie dumplings and a veggie burger.

Franklin Square has local beers on tap. For the Lantern Festival, the Dragon Beer Garden has beer from China and Japan.
My pup and husband before the festival started

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square

Note: Historic Philadelphia invited me to the media preview. Opinions expressed are my own.

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