Asian Lantern Festival Extended At Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

FEATURED PHOTO: KELLY MANDERFIELD CLEVELAND METROPARKS CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

THE ASIAN FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20TH AT THE CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

Patch.com, By Chris Mosby, Posted September 15th 2020

The festival was given a month-long extension this year.

The popular Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is getting an extended run.

Originally scheduled to end in August, the festival will now run through Sept. 20, the Cleveland Metroparks announced. Officials said demand for festival tickets prompted the extension.

The extension will include dates for guests who want to drive-thru the park and guests who want to walk.

“With significantly reduced capacity at this year’s Asian Lantern Festival for the safety of our guests, many nights of the festival have sold out,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks chief marketing officer. “The Zoo and our partners at Cleveland Clinic Children’s want to give everyone the opportunity to experience this year’s truly unique event in the way that they are most comfortable with.”

Advance tickets for the walk-through Asian Lantern Festival are $18 per ticket for zoo members and $20 for non-members. A 4-pack is available for Zoo members for $54 and non-members for $60.

For the drive-thru experience tickets are $54 per car for Zoo members and $60 per car for non-members. Guests will not be able to exit their vehicle during the experience.

Despite the complications created by COVID-19, more than 75,000 people have seen the Asian Lantern Festival this year. Attendance for each night of the festival is limited to allow for social distancing. The zoo has also implemented one-way directional flow, to prevent jammed crowds, hand washing stations and increased sanitation of the zoo.

This is the third year of the Asian Lantern Festival in Cleveland. This year’s event includes 70 lantern displays, acrobatic performances, interactive experiences and culturally-inspired cuisine. Animatronic dinosaurs also dot the zoo grounds.

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