Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces return of Asian Lantern Festival in June

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Asian Lantern Festival is returning to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo next month.

According to a press release, the festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's will transform the zoo with hundreds of illuminated lanterns beginning June 20.

Nearly 150,000 people attended last year's festival, breaking U.S. and international attendance records for lighting events of its kind.

This year, the festival will include all new lantern displays, including a walk-through 100-foot-long shark tunnel, a 30-foot-tall giant panda, interactive moon swings and stepping stones and an expansive display of Chinese pagodas. There will also be live performances and a new interactive zone.

“Cleveland Clinic Children’s is proud to support this cultural celebration that’s both educational and entertaining for all ages. With more than 300 pediatric medical and surgical specialists on staff and 40 convenient locations located throughout Northeast Ohio, we are always looking for unique ways to connect with our patients and the community,” says Dr. Rita Pappas, Interim Chair, Pediatric Institute, Cleveland Clinic Children's.

The event will run Thursday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. June 20 through July 28.

Tickets are $15.50 for zoo members and $18.50 for non-members.

For more on tickets and the event, click here. 

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