LANTERNS!, Arkansas’ only deep-winter outdoor festival, lights up the night in Little Rock for a seventh year of family fun and illuminating entertainment. From Asia to the Moon, LANTERNS! is a magical evening designed to delight children and adults alike.
Held during the first full moon of the new lunar year, LANTERNS! entices visitors to stroll through the park’s woodlands along paved pathways lit by fire pits and luminaries. Lighted vistas representing six cultures from around the globe await visitors as they explore areas among Wildwood’s 105 acres. This year’s festival includes Asia, Austria, Ireland, Mexico, 1950’s America, and Shakespeare’s England. Cultural performances, games, and culinary options span the Park’s performing arts center, arboretum, gardens, and lakeside performance spaces. Last year, more than 6,600 people were welcomed through the Park gates during the weekend.
Wildwood’s performance complex, including art galleries and the newly rededicated 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre, will be transformed into an international spectacle, meant to transport festival-goers to the Alps of Austria as the world famous Vienna Boys’ Choir performs in the theatre on the day prior to the festival, Thursday, March 5.
The festival opens each night at 6pm and ends at 10pm on Friday and Saturday and at 9pm on Sunday. Tickets are available here and are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 -12 and free for children 5 and younger. At the festival gate, admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger.