BOCA RATON — Eight-hundred vibrantly decorated Chinese lanterns will illuminate Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton next month for the first Chinese Lantern Festival.
Aside from a display of lanterns, the festival will also include live Kung Fu action and interactive coaching sessions, folk artists creating clay portraits, paintings and handmade items using palm weaving and embroidery and children’s rides, among other attractions.
The theme of the Chinese Lantern Festival is “The Wild,” and will be reflected in the decor and interactive events, with animal-shaped lanterns and a Dinosaur Empire, an exhibit with detailed, moving replicas of the pre-historic animals. The amphitheater will be staged as a safari, giving visitors an opportunity to walk through different “continents.”
The festival will be held at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, on Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Chinese Lantern Festival is new to western Boca Raton, having just been approved by the Palm Beach County Commission in November. This festival has been successfully held in Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Leading up to opening day, professional artists from China will create the lanterns in a temporary factory, according to event coordinators.
“While these lighted artistic structures are referred to as ‘lanterns,’ they should not be confused with hand-held candle-lit lamps. With the use of satin, rayon, ceramic, glass, paint and steel wires, it takes nearly 30,000 hours to design the intricate shapes seen at Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival,” George Zhao, president of Hanart Culture, which is coordinating the event, said in an email.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.ChineseLanternFestival.com. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 online for adults, $15 at the door or $12.50 online for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and younger.
What: Chinese Lantern Festival
Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater
When: Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
How much: $22-$25 for adults, $12.40-$15 for children
More info: www.ChineseLanternFestival.com