The Reno skyline will light up with 39 larger-than-life illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans! Held at the beautiful Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making. In addition to the spectacular lantern displays, there will be nightly performances, crafts, a time traveler photo booth and a variety of food & beverage. Free nightly guided tours are included in festival admission and during will be themed weekends. Explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about China today!
Daily Festival Hours
Sunday-Thursday: 7 to 10 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 7 to 11 p.m.
Free guided tours nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Magic hour – Illuminations turned on nightly at 8:30 p.m.
Box office closes 30 minutes before festival end time
The Chinese performers have decades of experience and offer a glimpse of Chinese stage culture. Some featured traditional acts include: face changing, contortionist, Chinese Yo-Yo and more. Included in festival admission, scheduled performance times are:
Sunday-Thursday: 8 and 9 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
See how some of the most popular Chinese handicrafts are made at the festival. Handicraft demonstration includes name painting, crystal engraving and aluminum weaving.
Advance tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Children (6 to 15 years): $12
Children (5 years and younger): Free
On Friday and Saturday evenings during the festival, enjoy special themed nights.
June 30: The first 1,000 visitors receive a commemorative “Year of the Dog” key-chain and casino coupons!
July 6-7: Dumpling-making demonstration and eating competition.
July 13-14: Cultural martial arts performances, demonstrations and a basic technique workshop.
July 20-21: Chinese name painting and Aluminum Weaving demonstrations.
July 27-28: Locals may display their talents on stage and receive two complimentary event tickets.
August 4-5: Learn about lantern making and festival production. A few selected lanterns will be auctioned with proceeds donated to a local organization.