Asian Lantern Festival

at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Presented by DSF Charitable Foundation


The Zoo will embark on a bold new adventure in 2021 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 from Saturday, August 14 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.

Starting Saturday, August 14 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 will not be open.

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


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

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

Children under 2 years old do not require tickets.

Ticket Information

Order your tickets in advance online to receive the best price and availability. On event dates, same-day online ticket sales will close in the afternoon. On-site tickets at the gate will be limited and are subject to additional charge. Plan your visit in advance for the best experience.

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, guests may stay in the park as long as preferred, or until park close at 10:30 p.m.

Asian Lantern Festival tickets are separate from daytime general admission. The park will close between normal daytime operating hours and evening event hours.

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

Some animals will have access to move on or off of their public habitat. Many will likely choose to be off public viewing.

Want to be the first in Pittsburgh to see the lanterns? Exclusive preview night gala, Wild Illuminations, on August 13.

The Asian Lantern Festival will feature exciting and educational entertainment from regional performers. 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

  • Performances from OCA Pittsburgh Performance Ensemble
  • Event dates: August 21 | September 10, 25 | October 16, 23

Authentic Chinese Martial Arts

  • Performed by Win-Win Kung Fu Cultural Center
  • Event dates: August 27 | September 10, 16 | October 2, 16, 24

Character Meet & Greet

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

Additional cultural performance Dates to be added soon!

Special thanks to our generous Asian Lantern Festival sponsors:

  • DSF Charitable Foundation
  • Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Peoples Natural Gas
  • HBK CPAs & Consultants
  • HBKS Wealth Advisors
  • Visit Pittsburgh
  • Pettit & Mihok, PLLC
  • The Florence Boyer Foundation
  • Liz Spence
  • James & Donna Hudson
  • Diana Mrvos Rath & Frank Rath, Jr.
  • The Robinson Family
  • Kimberly & David Zynn

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