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Racine Zoo's Lantern Festival kicks off Tuesday

Posted at 8:20 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 09:20:42-04

RACINE — The 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo kicks off this Tuesday and will run through the end of the year.

"Take a stroll around the Racine Zoo and immerse yourself in the incredible works of art,” said Beth Heidorn, Racine Zoo's executive director. "From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination."

The lanterns will be glorious pieces of artwork by day, but will come to life as the sun goes down. The Zigong Lantern Group is debuting their works of art to the Midwest. The Group's famous festival has recently been at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, Gilroy Gardens near San Francisco and the Dallas Expo

"We are excited to kick off and host the largest event in our 96-year history," said Heidorn. "What a wonderful opportunity for the Racine Zoo to be partnering with the leading lantern makers in the world."

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Festival Dates and Times:
October 1 – December 31, 2019 6pm – 9pm
Sundays – Thursdays (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
6pm – 10pm Fridays & Saturdays (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)

The festival is closed on the following dates:
October: 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25, 28
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25