Lantern Festival 2018
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Pacific Symphony Brass Quintet
- Dragon Dance
- Lantern Making with Bowers Museum
- Chinese Folk Dance
- Lac Hong Performing Art Group
- South Coast Chinese Orchestra
- Puppet Show
- Photo Opportunities
- Food Trucks 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 third annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Dog! 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 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 Renée 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 in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more!
Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. 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.
View a video from last year's Lantern Festival:
Download the program for an overview of the performances and activities inside the concert hall, in the lobby and outside on the plaza. We encourage you to build your Lantern Festival experience around one of the performance segments at 12, 2 or 4 p.m.