Looking Forward to Lantern Festival


It’s almost that time again! On February 22, we host our fifth annual Lantern Festival at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 

Bring the entire family and join our Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rat! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back over 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Here are some highlights:

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Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with music, dance, art making, riddles and food. Join us as the concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with lanterns created by community members and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is opened up to the public for performances featuring local music and dance groups. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more!

Here’s a recap of 2018’s colorful extravaganza!

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival!

Looking Forward to Lantern Festival

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