Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, marks the return of spring and the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.
Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with music, dance, art making, riddles and food. Join us as the concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with floating lanterns and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is opened up to the public for performances featuring local music and dance groups.
Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. To get your free tickets, select a General Admission $0.00 ticket when asked to choose your seating section.
Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.
NEW! Join the 2023 Lantern Festival Orchestra
Presented by Pacific Symphony, the newly created Lantern Festival Orchestra will bring together student and avocational adult string players from throughout Orange County to perform under the direction of Pacific Symphony Assistant Conductor, Dr. Jacob Sustaita, on the stage of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the 2023 O.C. Lantern Festival.
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“Wishes for the Future” - Call for artwork for the 2023 OC Lantern Festival
The O.C. Lantern Festival is a community event where the act of appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.
We invite you to submit artwork that depicts your own wishes for the future.
- What are your dearest wishes for your future? For your family’s future?
- What burdens or aspects of your old self do you hope to let go?
- How can you make your wishes a reality?
Selected art will be on display at the 2023 OC Lantern Festival on February 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This call for art is open to people of all ages and backgrounds who reside in Southern California, including students and non-professional artists.
Call for Artwork
Submission Guidelines and Process