Asian Lantern Festival

Saturday, February 2, 2019 — Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

We’re Lighting up the Zoo this Spring!

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center to bring more than 400 colorful, customized lantern displays to Southern Arizona. Save the date for this event that will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Hundreds of magnificent, larger-than-life lanterns
  • Asian-inspired activities and crafts (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Entertainment
  • Life-size Zen Garden in Expedition Tanzania by Arizona Zenscapes and Tucson Bonsai Society
  • Interactive lighted floor and swings in Expedition Tanzania
  • Asian-inspired food in the Zoo’s Café


  • $18 for Adults
  • $16 for Children (2-14)
  • Children 1-year-old or younger are free
  • Members get $2 off admission
    (Not a member yet? Click here to sign up today!)

Your ticket can be used for any night of the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Zoo entrance. All sales are final. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Have a large group? We have bulk ticket pricing available for groups of 20 people or more! Contact Maria Sainz at 520-837-8224 or send an email to [email protected]

Additional Details:

  • The Asian Lantern Festival is a family-friendly event.
  • Carousel rides will be available for an additional fee.
  • Food from Taste Catering will be available in the Zoo’s Café for purchase.
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Discounts cannot be combined.
  • Animals will have access to heated habitats behind-the-scenes for this event, and will likely choose to be off habitat.

Weekly Crafts Free with Admission!

Swing by the Conservation Learning Center during the Asian Lantern Festival and enjoy these Asian-inspired crafts!

  • February 2 – 9: Make Your Own Lantern
  • February 10 – 16: Make Your Own Masks
  • February 22 – 24: Make Your Own Fans
  • March 1-3: DIY Paper Bag Puppets
  • March 8-10: Dragon Chains
  • March 15 – 17: DIY Starter Chop Sticks
  • March 22 – 23: Collective Art Project

Games Free with Admission!

Try your hand at some of these well known Asian-inspired games and activities! All the below games will be by the Conservation Learning Center, Friday through Sunday.

  • Chinese Checkers
  • Mah Jong (traditional and kid-friendly)
  • Marble Pick-up Game (chopstick dexterity challenge)
  • JUMBO Jenga and Corn Hole (on rotation)
  • Origami Station – make frogs that jump and play leap frog!

Entertainment & Activity Schedule – Free with Admission!

Thanks to a variety of community partners all additional activities and entertainment are free with admission. Stop by the Zoo’s Event Garden to enjoy entertainment on the Main Stage or swing by the Conservation Learning Center located in the back of the Zoo for some additional activities.

March 12: Cancelled due to rain

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Thank you Lantern Sponsors:

Nate Clark, “Friend of the Zoo”