In a first of its kind for the Racine area, the Racine Zoo and the Zigong Lantern Group are partnering to host the 2019 Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo. Colorful and intricately-designed lanterns will look like pieces of artwork during the day and will come to life at night as they are illuminated for all to see. 

26 different scenes comprised of over 300 individual lanterns that will first greet visitors at the main Zoo entrance for 80 nights between October 1st and December 31. Here's what you need to know before you go: 


Hours of Operation
 

Lantern Festival

The festival will run a total of 80 nights between October 1 and December 31. The event will be closed select nights. It will take place rain or shine.
6pm – 9pm Sundays – Thursdays (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
6pm – 10pm Fridays & Saturdays (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)

Event Closed:
October: 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25, 28
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25


Tickets Prices & Season Passes


Tickets for the Lantern Festival are available digitally and at the door. Tickets are able to be used for any night of your choice of the event.

Adult (Ages 16 and older):
$20 online  |  $25 at the door

Senior (Ages 62 and older):
$15 online  |  $20 at the door

Child (Ages 3 – 15 years):
$12 online  |  $17 at the door

Young Child (Ages 2 years and younger): Free

Click here to Purchase Advance Tickets

Season passes are available for purchase at the Racine Zoo Administration Office - 200 Goold St., Racine 9am – 3pm, Monday – Thursday. Adult and Senior passes are $50, and Children passes are $30

Group tickets are available! More info


Weather Policy

The Lantern Festival takes place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather as limited shelter from the elements is provided. Umbrellas are permitted. Heaters and tents will be available for guests visiting in the colder months.


Festival Parking & Shuttles

Parking for the festival will be available along with shuttle services at the following locations:

4 MILE LOCATION: 5:30 start at 2825 Four Mile Rd Racine WI for first pick up. 

  • Tuesday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
  • Wednesday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm (10 pm is the last shuttle)
  • Thursday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm (10 pm is the last shuttle)
  • Friday 5:30pm-11:30pm (11 pm is last shuttle)
  • Saturday 5:30 pm-11:30 pm (11 pm is the last shuttle)
  • Sunday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm (10 pm is the last shuttle)

 

GASLIGHT LOCATION: 5:30 start at 25 Gas Light Drive Racine

  • Tuesday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
  • Wednesday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm (10 pm is the last shuttle)
  • Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
  • Friday 5:30pm-11:30pm (11pm is last shuttle)
  • Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm (11pm is last shuttle)
  • Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)

 

LAKE AVE LOCATION: 5:30 pm start at 300 Lake Ave, Racine

  • Tuesday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
  • Wednesday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm (10 pm is the last shuttle)
  • Thursday  5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
  • Friday 5:30pm-11:30pm (11pm is last shuttle)
  • Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm (11pm is last shuttle)
  • Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm (10pm is last shuttle)
     

Shuttle schedule is subject to change. Click here for the most accurate shuttle times.

Lantern Festival

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