Historically, Chinese Lanterns symbolized good fortune, requested favorable weather and celebrated the lives of loved ones. In 2014, The Lantern Fest, owned by Sack Lunch Productions, translated this ancient tradition into a family-friendly festival with food, music, s’mores and children’s entertainment. When the sun goes down, lanterns paint the sky in a spectacular release. The Lantern Fest is growing rapidly, and now holds events all over the country.
Last year, more than 150,000 families and friends gathered in communities nationwide to participate in The Lantern Fest. It is a magical community event that delights people of all ages.
“We are shaking things up this year,” says Lantern Fest spokesman Maxwell Christen.“We have introduced a camping theme, bringing merit badges, campfire songs, s’mores and all your favorite camp activities under a lantern filled sky. We have also partnered with Eventbrite to make registration even easier.”
Activities at “Camp Lantern Fest” include face painting, inflatables, a stage show, s’mores, live music, photo opportunities with princesses, live music and more. Each participant receives a large paper lantern and a set of permanent markers to write their hopes, dreams and wishes, and decorate their lantern. When the sun goes down everyone begins lighting their lanterns, and thousands of lanterns begin painting the sky during the unforgettable lantern release.
Lantern Passes are available at thelanternfest.com. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine readers receive 20 percent off their ticket purchases with the promo code: CDALIVING (be sure to type in the promo code at the top of the ticket page before clicking on your ticket choices).