Chinese Lantern Festival kicks off in Spokane

Chinese Lantern Festival opens Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Spokane for a second year. The festival kicks off on September 16 and will continue through October 30.

The six-week festival features massive lanterns, performances and food.

This year, there are more than 30 displays, including a brand new porcelain tower. In fact, all of the lanterns are new this year. 

Joe Moog, Riverfront Park Director, believes there are about 70,000 pieces of porcelain in the tower. 

"There are plates, cups, spoons, saucers, every type, they're bound together," said Moog. 

Moog said the structure stands around 50 feet tall. 

"Last year, the lanterns were much smaller scale and this year when all the containers arrived, we had 22 containers overall. We simply just didn't have enough space to store all of the materials, build them and then store the complete lanterns," said Moog. 

This year, there will also be a movie in the IMAX theater showing how each lantern is made. 

Due to construction in downtown Spokane, there will be maps available to help viewers navigate through the park. There are some pathways closed running from the north to south end of the park. 

Park officials also said they are prepared should there be another windstorm like the historic November 2015 windstorm. 

Last year's storm destroyed nearly ever single lantern right as the festival came to a close. This year, each display will be weighted down to account for any heavy winds. 

Tickets can be bought at the festival or online at spokanelanternfestival.com.

Adult tickets are $15 and child tickets are $10. 

(© 2016 KREM)


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