Date

Apr 10 2024 - Jun 16 2024

GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

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. 

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 JUMP 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 JUMP 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

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

MEDIA SPONSOR

ENTERTAINMENT 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

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