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There’s always something happening at John Ball Zoo! Daily Animal Programs include animal trainings, animal feedings, and animals receiving enrichment. We strive to keep the schedule current but it may change due to unforeseen events.
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GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
11
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
12
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
13
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
14
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
15
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
16
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
17
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

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ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

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18
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
19
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
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20
WILDLIFE EXPLORATION DAY | PARTY FOR THE PLANET

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 | 9AM - 6PM

Members | Free
Non-Members | General Admission
Let’s celebrate this amazing planet we call home! Party for the Planet celebrates Earth Day at John Ball Zoo, where community partners engage with guests and encourage them to learn how to take positive action to help save native habitats for wildlife. Be sure to catch all of the entertainment, animal programs, and plant giveaways along the way! 
EVENT DETAILS 

Penguin Feeding | 10:30AM
Story Time with Circle Theatre: Presenting Curious George |  11AM 
North American Porcupine Feeding | 1:30PM
Pygmy Hippo Keeper Chat | 3PM
Ambassador Pavilion Program | 4PM

Become a Wildlife Explorer! 
Welcome to our Wildlife Exploration Days! Once a month join John Ball Zoo for a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth’s biodiversity and learn how to take action to make a difference. 
When you arrive, grab your Wildlife Explorer Passport. With your passport in hand, make your way to our Exploration Stations where you can learn more about animals, engage with interactive activities, and collect a badge for your passport. Each badge collected is an opportunity to enter to win prizes! Attend all of our Wildlife Exploration Days to complete your passport. 

Attending events at John Ball Zoo makes for an unforgettable experience where your money also supports wildlife conservation around the world and right here in West Michigan.

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GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
21
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
22
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
23
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
24
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
25
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time capacity is still available. Our ticket booth is open every night that the Lantern Festival runs from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

No! Entry times are staggered to ensure an enjoyable guest experience. Once you’ve entered the event you can enjoy it at your own pace.

Yes. All Daily Tickets and Lanterns Tickets need to be purchased separately.

Animals will not be viewable on the Lantern Festival route at night. For our animals’ safety, we keep them on their typical nightly routine and for most of them, that means that they are in their indoor habitats for the night.

The Lantern Festival will operate rain or shine, so we do not offer refunds for any tickets purchased. If necessary, we can move those tickets to an alternate date. In order to do that, please email [email protected], provide the Booking ID that is on your tickets and the alternate date you would like to move to.

*We cannot guarantee that you will be able to move your tickets if the alternate date you are requesting is full.

Yes! We provide several food options throughout the park during the festival.

It takes roughly 1 – 1 ½ hours to get through the entire Festival.

PRESENTED BY

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

IN PARTNERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

MAJOR ELEMENT SPONSOR

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

ROTATING ENTERTAINMENT ON SELECT NIGHTS FROM

PACIFIC ISLAND DANCERS 
LOTUS BOYS
GOLDEN TIGER KUNG FU
NTXHAIS TSHIAB CI
MICHIGAN HIRYU DAIKO
, ...
26
WEST MICHIGAN CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 12AM - MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 12PM

 

Have fun being a part of science!
Save wildlife and wild places

The City Nature Challenge is a worldwide bio-blitz event created by iNaturalist in 2016 to celebrate community science and outdoor recreation. With more than 500 cities participating from around the globe, this is one of the largest community science events in the world!
What is a bio-blitz?

A bio-blitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. 

  1. Download iNaturalist and start taking photos of wildlife (plants, animals, fungi) in Allegan, Barry, Kent, and Ottawa counties
  2. Join the “City Nature Challenge 2024: West Michigan” project on iNaturalist
  3. Tell 3 people in your life about the City Nature Challenge and invite them to participate!

You can participate by using iNaturalist anywhere in the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa. 

The reach of City Nature Challenge is global! Over 500 cities around the world are participating, and last year ~66,000 individual people participated. 

Every participant provides an opportunity for new observations of all kinds of species found in west Michigan. This could be hundreds, even thousands of new observations! We also hope to encourage you and everyone in our community to get more involved in community science. 

Become a Wildlife Explorer! 
Welcome to our Wildlife Exploration Days! Once a month join John Ball Zoo for a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth’s biodiversity and learn how to take action to make a difference. 
When you arrive, grab your Wildlife Explorer Passport. With your passport in hand, make your way to our Wildlife Exploration Stations where you can learn more about animals, engage with interactive activities, and collect a badge for your passport. Each badge collected is an opportunity to enter to win prizes! Attend all of our Wildlife Exploration Days to complete your passport. 

 

EVENT DETAILS 
Story Time with Circle Theatre |  10AM – 10:30AM
Otter Training | 11AM
Superhero Meet-and-Greets |  11AM – 3PM

Captain America
Black Panther
Spiderman
Black Widow
Bear Feeding | 12PM
Chimp Feeding | 2PM

EVENT PARTNERS
EVENT SPONSOR
, ...
GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Presented By

APRIL 10 – JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 7:30PM – 11:30PM

 
*Members receive early access to Lantern Festival tickets.
Member ticket access starts January 8. General Admission tickets open February 5.

Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30pm. Advanced tickets required. Event will happen rain or shine.

 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan. The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

This year’s festival will feature new lanterns and interactive experiences. Enjoy highlights from last year’s festival below!

John Ball Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets, or for tickets obtained from sources other than John Ball Zoo. The ticket holder grants permission to John Ball Zoo and their agents, to utilize the image, voice, or likeness of the ticket holder in any photograph, live, or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part while at the Zoo. Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.  Zoo events happen rain or shine, refunds will not be provided due to weather. 

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival features twinkling lights, disco balls, and elements that move, spin, and may have strobing effects. We advise caution to those that might be sensitive to these types of light effects.

LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQS

The Lantern Festival is a one-mile light tour through John Ball Zoo. The festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.

Individual Tickets are as follows:

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $22.00
Members | $19.00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $70.00
Members | $60.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | GENERAL ADMISSION
Non-members | $24.00
Members | $21.00

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY | 4 PASS TICKETS
*This means you are purchasing 4 tickets for 4 people on the same night.

Non-members | $75.00
Members | $65.00

*No Student, Senior, or Military discount is offered during the event. The Museums for All program is not available for this event.

Yes! All children 2 years old and under are FREE! Children ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Unfortunately, the Museums for All program does not qualify for our evening and special events.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time to ensure an available ticket at your preferred entry time. Tickets may be purchased onsite if entry time