Asian Lantern Festival

at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Presented by DSF Charitable Foundation


The Zoo has embarked on a bold new adventure with the opening of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, an evening experience that will shine a light on conservation, community, and diversity.

Select nights now through Saturday, October 30, the Zoo will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, wildlife-themed, handcrafted lanterns.

These towering steel and silk sculptures will encompass three connected themes: the Zoo, our global species conservation partnerships, and Asian culture.

As dusk settles in, the lanterns will begin to glow. Revelers will stroll the winding pathways of the Zoo, pausing to admire the beautiful lights, experience awe-inspiring entertainment, and discover the cultural diversity of our region.

The Asian Lantern Festival is a family-friendly nighttime event that requires a separate ticket from Zoo daytime admission.

Pricing and full details below.


Thursday through Sunday nights.

Now through Saturday, October 30.

6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Gates close at 9:30 p.m.

Entry is timed, and visit length may vary. Full details below.

Throughout the Zoo.

This is an outdoor event. Most indoor facilities, including the PPG Aquarium, will not be open.

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Under $20 per person when ordered online, full details below.

TICKET Pricing

Online Advance Purchase 

The best price and availability! On event dates, same-day online ticket sales will close at 4 p.m.

Member Tickets Online
Adult: $17.95
Child (2-13 years): $14.95

Non-member Tickets Online (become a Member today)
Adult: $19.95
Child (2-13 years): $16.95

At Gates

Limited and no guarantee of availability. We recommend ordering your tickets online in advance for the best experience!

Member Tickets at Gates
Adult: $21.95
Child (2-13 years): $18.95

Non-member Tickets at Gates (become a Member today)
Adult: $23.95
Child (2-13 years): $20.95

Timed Tickets

When you buy tickets to the Asian Lantern Festival, you will select both a day and time you would like to visit. Tickets for the Asian Lantern Festival have timed entry, which helps ensure all guests have a safe and pleasant experience. Entry times are available every 30 minutes. Our first 6:30 p.m. time slot for each evening is the most popular; if an entry time is listed as Sold Out on the ticketing page, please try the next available time slot that evening (7 p.m. or later), or select another day.

Time on tickets indicates the half-hour range you will enter the Zoo, but does not require a specific exit time. Once admitted to the Zoo at the listed time for the event, you may stay in the park as long as preferred, or until park close at 10:30 p.m.

Additional Ticket Information

Children under 2 years old do not require tickets.

Tickets must be used on the selected evening, and are not transferrable. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

Animals will not be visible in their public habitat during evening hours. To see all Zoo animals, you may also like to plan a daytime visit.

The Asian Lantern Festival features exciting and educational entertainment from local performers, showcasing cultural elements from Asian Americans and several of the countries of East and Southeast Asia. Demonstrations and performances included with admission. Dates subject to change.

Taiko Drumming Performance

  • 30 minute acts performed by Pittsburgh Taiko
  • Event dates: August 22, 26, 28 | September 4, 17, 19, 25 | October 9, 10, 24, 29

Origami Art

  • Performed by Cirque du Papier & DryClean Humor Co.
  • All event dates except August 19 and 26

Asian-Inspired Dance

  • Performed by OCA Pittsburgh Performance Ensemble, Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh, and Steel Dragon
  • Event dates: August 20, 21, 29 | September 5, 10, 12, 18, 24, 25 | October 3, 16, 23

Authentic Martial Arts

  • Performed by Win-Win Kung Fu Cultural Center & Zang TaeKwon-Do
  • Event dates: August 15, 27 | September 10, 11, 16, 26 | October 2, 16, 24, 30

Character Meet & Greet

  • Performed by P.G.H. Party Creations, LLC
  • All event dates

Additional cultural performance Dates in October to be added soon!

Be sure to stop by the Zoo’s restaurants and stands to try special Asian-inspired food and drinks during the festival.

Village Food

  • General Tsao’s Chicken Tenders
  • Asian Pot Stickers

Safari Outpost

  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passion Fruit Cotton Candy
  • White Wine Lychee Sangria
  • Orange Mangotini

Savanna Stop

  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passion Fruit Cotton Candy
  • White Wine Lychee Sangria
  • Orange Mangotini
  • Chinese Donuts
  • Tiger Lager

Jambo Grill

  • Specialty Asian Burger

Beer Den

  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passion Fruit Cotton Candy
  • White Wine Lychee Sangria
  • Orange Mangotini
  • Chinese Donuts
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
  • Ginger Ice Cream

Special thanks to our generous Asian Lantern Festival sponsors:

  • DSF Charitable Foundation
  • Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Peoples Natural Gas
  • HBK CPAs & Consultants
  • HBKS Wealth Advisors
  • The Florence Boyer Foundation
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • EPIC Insuance
  • Visit Pittsburgh
  • USI Insurance
  • Liz Spence
  • James and Donna Hudson
  • Diana and Frank Rath
  • The Robinson Family
  • Kimberly & David Zynn
  • Pettit & Mihok, PLLC

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