Asian Lantern Festival

Date(s) - 08/14/2021 - 10/30/2021
12:00 am

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium


Experience special evenings that will shine a light on conservation, community, and diversity.

Asian lanterns are also known as Chinese lanterns and sky lanterns.  These are small, hot air balloons made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. It is believed that this form of lighting was invented in China around 300BCE. During the festival, these towering steel and silk sculptures will encompass three connected themes: the Zoo, our global species conservation partnerships, and Asian culture.

As dusk settles in, the lanterns will begin to glow. Revelers will stroll the winding pathways of the Zoo, pausing to admire the beautiful lights, experience awe-inspiring entertainment, and discover the cultural diversity of our region.

The Asian Lantern Festival is a family-friendly nighttime event that requires a separate ticket from Zoo daytime admission.


One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States