The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is a celebration of light and culture that features magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant lighted sculptures, created by hand using traditional Chinese methods.
The 2019 festival will illuminate Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets in historic Philadelphia through June 30 with 29 larger-than-life illuminated displays made of 2,000 individual lanterns and 20,000 LED lights in brilliant colors.
Highlights of this year’s festival are a 200-foot-long phoenix, a walk-through dragon tunnel, mythological creatures created from small glass bottles filled with colored water, and a host of interactive installations such as lit swings and a fortune-telling wheel.
In addition to the light installations, festival-goers can see authentic cultural stage performances. There will also be food and drinks available each night. And in keeping with the theme, Chinese folk artists will have crafts available to festival-goers.