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Lantern Festival 2020

Lantern Festival 2020

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Program includes:
Lantern Making
Dragon Dance
Photo Opportunities
Food and more! 

Co-hosted with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School and presented in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this event is made possible through the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation.

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rat! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing 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 lanterns created by community members and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is opened up to the public for performances featuring local music and dance groups. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take a mini-class on Chinese Knotting, color Vietnamese woodblock prints, get your name written in calligraphy and more!

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. In order to access all of the craft activities, $5 craft passes will be available for purchase. Credit cards are accepted but cash is encouraged. 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. 

In case of rain, plaza activities will be moved to the Studio Performance Space inside the concert hall. 

View a video from a previous year's Lantern Festival:

Program Notes

Download the program for a complete schedule of Lantern Festival activities and performances.