China Lights returning to Boerner Botanical Gardens in 2018

If you didn't get a chance to go last year fear not, the popular Chinese Lantern Festival is coming back to Milwaukee in the fall.

On Friday Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Milwaukee County Parks and Festival Pro LLC have agreed to bring back the China Lights.

"This is a spectacular event that brings people together from across Milwaukee County and well beyond," said Abele. "We are thrilled to bring back this partnership with China Lights and our Parks."

China Lights 'Panda-mania' is a display of panda-habitat lanterns among the three-foot to three-story exhibits. There will also be interactive exhibits as well as Asian folk-culture performances and Asian and Western dining options.

The lights will return to the Boerner Botanical Gardens Sept. 21-Oct. 21. Online ticket sales will open Aug. 8 at 10:08 a.m. in association with the Chinese lucky number eight.

Last year, visitors from 22 states and the District of Columbia came to the festival.

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