Cleveland Metroparks Zoo extends Asian Lantern Festival through September 17

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today announced the popular Asian Lantern Festival presented by Meijer is extended through September 17. In addition, the Zoo announced the return of Wild Ride for Wildlife, a one-night-only event on September 18 where guests can ride their bike through the Zoo after-hours and experience the illuminated lanterns one last time.
The Asian Lantern Festival extension includes 18 additional nights where guests can experience more than 70 all-new, large-scale lantern displays, live acrobatic performances on the Fifth Third Bank Stage, and culturally-inspired cuisine at the MetroHealth Asian Food Market and a variety of interactive and themed areas including the CrossCountry Mortgage Light Zone. Tickets are on sale now for the additional walk-through and drive-through experiences.
“Already more than 100,000 guests have enjoyed this year’s Asian Lantern Festival,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Manderfield. “We continue to evolve this event, looking for new ways our guests can experience the zoo. This year’s Wild Ride for Wildlife is sure to be memorable, allowing our guests to see the lanterns like never before.”

Asian Lanterns Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on July 7, 2022. (Kyle Lanzer/Cleveland Metroparks)

Wild Ride for Wildlife, a family-friendly cycling experience for all ages, returns Sunday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. For the first time since 2018, guests have the opportunity to ride through the zoo on their bikes at this one-night-only after-hours event. The ride offers guests one last chance to experience the illuminated lanterns from this year’s festival from their bike. Bikes are required and tickets are now on sale for Wild Ride for Wildlife at Member tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 2-11.  Non-members tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for youth ages 2-11. Children under 2 enter free.

How much does it cost to attend the Asian Lantern Festival?

The discounted cost for Zoo members for Asian Lantern Festival is $19 or a 4-pack for $57. Advance non-member tickets are $22 or a 4-pack for $66. Same day tickets can be purchased at the Box Office for $25 or a 4-pack for $75. Drive-through tickets are $57 per vehicle for members and $66 per vehicle for non-members. Children under 2 are admitted free. Visit for more details.

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