Article: Grand Rapids Lantern Festival 2024 at John Ball Zoo
This April, May and June, bring the family to the John Ball Zoo Lantern Festival to see stunning illuminated works of art, interactive light displays, and fully immersive lighting tours and installations. It’s absolutely amazing and fun for both kids and adults!
- Every year, the super-popular Lantern Festival at the John Ball Zoo in southwest Michigan sells out, so you’ll have to purchase your timed tickets online in advance. Great family event in Grand Rapids.
When is the 2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at the John Ball Zoo?
April 10, 2024- June 16, 2024
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY | 19:30 – 23:30
Where is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival held?
The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at the John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
What is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival?
What is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival? Put on your walking shoes while The Lantern Festival is a one-mile walking tour of the John Ball Zoo. This family-friendly festival is a chance to see beautiful displays of handmade Asian lanterns that shine and twinkle throughout the zoo. Learn about the intertwined history of Asian wildlife and culture.
So buy your tickets early (they sell out!) to see these breathing works of art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Grand Rapids Lantern Festival Tickets: How Much Are Tickets?
Buy your Tickets for the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival early, as they tend to sell out. You can purchase them online or attend the nights of the event if tickets are still available.
General admission rates are:
- Depending on the day, non-John Ball Zoo members: $22.00 – $24.00
- Depending on the day, John Ball Zoo members: $19.00 – $21.00
4 Pass Tickets (4 people, same night):
- Depending on the day, non-John Ball Zoo members: $70.00 – $75.00
- Depending on the day, John Ball Zoo members: $60.00 – $65.00
Children under 2 years old are free.
If I have tickets to the zoo during the day, should I purchase another ticket to the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival?
Sure do it. They are separate events and require separate tickets.
Are animals visible during the Lantern Festival?
You won’t be able to see most of the animals during the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival as they brush their teeth and prepare for bed in their indoor habitats! 😉
How long does it take to travel the entire route?
It takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours to enjoy the lights and walk through the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival. You’ll want to take your time to fully enjoy this amazing family event in Grand Rapids.
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