While everyone loves Ferris Wheels and fried-food anything, within this mega event are hundreds of other experiences to learn a little or a lot about everything from automobiles to agriculture. One of the coolest and enriching opportunities is to witness the Chinese Lantern Festival when 25 lantern displays come to life with the kick-off of the State Fair of Texas.
This year’s theme, “Light a New Dream,” includes the impressive Imperial Dragon Boat at more than 120 feet floating down the lagoon, the Porcelain Pagoda, reaching as high as 52 feet and composed of an astounding 68,000 pieces of porcelain dishware—plates, bowls, spoons, and cups—all hand-tied using traditional techniques.
Other displays will include a fanciful castle, the characters of the Chinese zodiac and an enthralling “hallway” of great lanternsthat will inspire wonder and beg for your camera’s attention.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is a modern take on the ancient art of lantern making with more than 40 artists from China working on-site at Fair Park for weeks in a temporary ‘lantern factory’ to create the interactive exhibit. In addition to walking amid the lanterns, visitors can watch live acrobatic shows, see folk artists create unique handcrafts, taste authentic Chinese foods, and shop for souvenirsand gifts.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Sept. 27 – Oct. 20 (during the State Fair), daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 8, every Thursday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 – Jan. 5, daily, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
During the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 27-Oct. 20), the Lantern Festival will be a paid attraction, with entry by food & ride coupons only: $14 for adults, and $9 for children (aged 4-12).
After the Fair, tickets will be $22 for adults and $14 for children