Franklin Square will be treated to a wonderful display of Chinese culture this spring! It was just announced that Philadelphia will be hosting a Chinese Lantern Festival for the first time ever. It will be a beautiful, impressive show of both lights and heritage. The announcement cane from Historic Philadelphia Inc.
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will mark the first time such a event has been held in the Northeastern United States. It will feature work by artisans from both Philly and China. There will be more than twenty-five glowing displays, including dragons, enormous flowers, a three-story pagoda, and more. But the light installations are only the beginning of the fun! Visitors will also be able to “enjoy performances, crafts by artists, a variety of food options, and still be able to play mini-golf and ride the carousel at the Square,” according to the local CBS affiliate.
Historic Philadelphia is celebrating Franklin Square’s 10th birthday this year, and the Chinese Lantern Festival is part of the fun. But visitors can also expect plenty of other special treats and surprises. Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, Inc., said in a press release that: “Franklin Square’s 10th Birthday will be a fun-filled year, and we’re excited to kick it off with the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is thrilled to be bringing this amazing showcase of Chinese culture to Philadelphia while partnering with local artists and chefs to create a rich experience for our visitors.”
Excited to see the Philadelphia Lantern Festival? You can attend it from April 22 until June 12th at Franklin Square. The Square will be open for normal activities during the day, but then you will have to purchase admission to see the Festival when it opens at nighttime. It will run from 6 PM until 10 PM daily.