Memphis, get ready for the first ever Lantern Light Festival happening at the Agricenter March 31st through May 7th.

  • Where: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
  • When: March 31 – May 7th; Friday through Sunday, 6pm-12am
  • Tickets: $20/adult, $15/children, $49/season pass. Get tickets here.

The Lantern Light Festival presents the pageantry and beauty of a tradition and craft that was started over 2,000 years ago in China. Emperor Hanmingdi heard that monks lit lanterns in the temples to show respect to Buddha on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. The Emperor ordered that all the temples, households, and royal palaces should light lanterns on that evening. This Buddhist custom gradually became a grand celebration for the Chinese people and is the inspiration for the Lantern Light Festival.

The enormous hand-crafted lanterns are a celebration of architecture from around the world, creatures of the land and sea, holiday traditions, and mythical stories. Since each Chinese lantern is made by hand, the production process is lengthy and requires a team of artisans. After each lantern is completed, it is disassembled and packed up. The lanterns are then shipped to the city that is hosting the Lantern Light Festival in the U.S and re-built.

Things to know:

  • This festival is family friendly and will include kid-friendly activities like face painting, train rides, and lantern making.
  • Tickets can be purchased online here or at the festival.
  • No outside food or drinks are allowed. Concessions will be available on site.
  • Season passes are available for those who want to make multiple visits.
  • Group discounts are available
  • See more FAQs here.

Visit the Lantern Light Festival’s website for more info and follow their Facebook page for updates.

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