Franklin Square to Light Up with the Return of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

After a successful opening year with over 90,000 people in attendance from all over the world, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will be returning this spring! This year, guests will experience new lanterns, a beer garden, a craft market food specials, themed performances, and much more at this top tourist attraction in Philadelphia.

Beginning on May 9 and ending June 11, Franklin Square will glow with 29 hand-crafted lanterns – including a newly rebuilt 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Other jaw-dropping lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas, and mythological creatures. Lanterns will illuminate the sky in Philadelphia’s Historic District once the sun sets – a truly magical sight, making the festival a top tourist attraction in Philadelphia.

In addition to the spectacular lanterns, guests of all ages can enjoy other aspects of the festival, including a carousel and mini golf course. There will be various booths throughout the square selling items that celebrate Chinese culture. Live entertainment will include captivating acrobatics and folk dance performances while dining options include the Dragon Beer Garden, open nightly with craft beer and cocktails.


As always, admission to Franklin Square is free before 5 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., the Chinese Lantern Festival becomes a ticketed event. Nighttime admission includes live performances, access to special food and shopping, and an opportunity to get up-close to all of the lanterns. Prices are as follows:

  • $17 for adults
  • $15 for seniors and military personnel
  • $12 for visitors ages three to 17
  • Entry to the festival is free for children under 2 years of age

Don’t forget to stop by Geno’s Steaks after a long day at the festival or as a quick stop before the nighttime festivities begin! Our authentic Philly cheesesteaks will hit the spot and make for a perfect meal to start or end the night. We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so stop by any time. We look forward to serving you!