Asian Lantern Festival

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 details below.

Check back in July to get your tickets! Member pre-sale begins Thursday, July 1. General ticketing begins Friday, July 8. 

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.

Ticket entry is timed.


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 pre-sale begins Thursday, July 1. General ticketing begins Friday, July 8.

Members Online Tickets (starts July 1)
Adult: $17.95
Child: $14.95

Non-members Online Tickets (starts July 8)
Adult: $19.95
Child: $16.95

Tickets use timed entry.

Please order your tickets in advance online to receive the best price and availability.

The Asian Lantern Festival will feature exciting and educational live entertainment from regional performers and community groups. Full details and schedule coming soon!