First Chinese Lantern Festival Taking Place in Philadelphia This Spring

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Philadelphia’s Franklin Square will welcome the city’s first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival, hosted by Historic Philadelphia.

The 10-year-old park will be aglow with more than 25 lanterns during the spring festival that will run April 22 through June 12. Visitors will see a 200-foot Chinese dragon, a three-story pagoda and other illuminated lantern designs. Vendors from local Chinese restaurants will sell food and drink, and live music and dance will be featured throughout the event.

Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but tickets will be available through Historic Philadelphia or at Franklin Square Park entrance. The Philadelphia event will take place nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. on weeknights, and until 11 p.m. on weekends.

–Lissa Poirot

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