Asian Lantern Festival WALK-THRU



Walk-Thru Event  (for drive-thru information & tickets, click here)

They’re back and bigger than ever! The Asian Lantern Festival returns with an all-new display, featuring guest favorites from days past: dinosaurs!

Explore the Zoo at night among giant luminous handcrafted sculptures, including extinct and endangered animals. Learn about Asian history, culture, and enjoy themed food and entertainment.

If you were one of the thousands of guests who marveled at the show last year, 2022 will feature a completely new, not-to-be-missed display of lanterns.

online-only tickets available now

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For drive-thru information, click here.

WALK-Thru Asian Lantern Festival Information

(for drive-thru information & tickets, click here)

Thursday through Sunday nights.

Friday, August 12 through Sunday, 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.

Base adult ticket $22.95. Ticket prices vary and discounts are available. Tickets are online only, no cash sales. See details below.

TICKET Pricing

Friday & Saturday Nights

Buy your tickets in advance online for the best availability and fast entry!

Non-members (become a Member today)
Adult: $22.95
Child (2-13 years): $19.95

Members (save $2)
Adult: $20.95
Child (2-13 years): $17.95


Thursday & Sunday Nights 

Visit on our value nights! Great discounts available on all tickets.

Non-member Value (save $3)
Adult: $19.95
Child (2-13 years): $16.95

Member Value (save $5)
Adult: $17.95
Child (2-13 years): $14.95

WALK-THRU Timed Tickets

(for drive-thru information & tickets, click here)

Asian Lantern Festival tickets are only sold online on our website.

Guests arriving at the Zoo without Asian Lantern Festival tickets may scan a QR code to buy tickets with personal mobile devices if tickets remain available.  Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the Zoo to guarantee availability.

When you buy walk-thru 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 to other nights. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for drive-thru edition.

Guests looking to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter are highly recommended to place an advanced reservation. Quantities are limited. Without a reservation, rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is no guarantee of availability. To make a mobility assistance reservation, please call 412-365-6020.

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.

Differences between WALK-Thru and DRIVE-Thru

Walk-Thru: Guests walk through the Zoo to experience lanterns. All guests over the age of 2 must purchase tickets. Most indoor buildings are closed, though guests have access to restrooms and Water’s Edge. Food, drinks, and gifts are available for purchase at kiosks. Regional cultural performers rotate nightly. Visit length is as long as preferred.

Drive-Thru (click for info & tickets): Guests drive their vehicles through the Zoo to experience lanterns. Guests pay one flat vehicle rate for all attendees in the vehicle. Guests do not exit their vehicles and all buildings and restrooms are closed. Food is available at car-side stops. Regional cultural performers are not present at the drive-thru edition. Visit length is approximately 45 minutes.

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. Click on a performance to see each organization’s bio.

September Performances:

Friday, September 2:  Ruby Jain Dance Academy,  Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, and Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

Saturday, September 3: Win-Win Kung Fu

Sunday, September 4: The Philippine American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 8:  Ghungroo and Win-Win Kung Fu

Friday, September 9: Nandanik Dance Troupe

Saturday, September 10: Organization of Chinese Americans

Sunday, September 11: Steel Dragon Kung Fu and Lion Dance

Thursday, September 15: Zang Taekwon-Do

Friday, September 16:  Pittsburgh Taiko

Saturday, September 17: Zang Taekwon-Do

Sunday, September 18: Nandanik Dance Troupe

Thursday, September 22: Pittsburgh Taiko

Friday, September 23: Pittsburgh Taiko

Saturday, September 24: Organization of Chinese Americans and Win-Win Kung Fu

Sunday, September 25: The Philippine American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 29: Win-Win Kung Fu and Ruby Jain Dance Academy

Friday: September 30: Ghungroo, Ruby Jain Dance Academy, and Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh

October Performances:

Saturday, October 1: Organization of Chinese Americans and a Calligrapher

Sunday, October 2: Steel Dragon Kung Fu and Lion Dance

Thursday, October 6: Ruby Jain Dance Academy

Friday, October 7: Nandanik Dance Troupe

Saturday, October 8: Win-Win Kung Fu

Sunday, October 9: Zang Taekwon-Do

Thursday, October 13: Pittsburgh Taiko

Friday, October 14: Nandanik Dance Troupe

Saturday, October 15: Organization of Chinese Americans 

Sunday, October 16: The Philippine American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 20: Zang Taekwon-Do

Friday, October 21: Pittsburgh Taiko

Saturday, October 22: Win-Win Kung Fu

Sunday, October 23: Steel Dragon Kung Fu and Lion Dance

Thursday, October 27: Win-Win Kung Fu

Friday, October 28: Pittsburgh Taiko

Saturday, October 29: Organization of Chinese Americans 

Sunday, October 30: Pittsburgh Taiko

Village Food

  • General Tso’s Chicken Tender
  • Potstickers with Teriyaki Dipping Sauce
  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passionfruit Cotton Candy
  • Roasted Edamame
  • Speciality Beer

Safari Pop Up

  • Orange Mangotini
  • Sake Sangria
  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passionfruit Cotton Candy

Savanna Stop

  • Orange Mangotini
  • Sake Sangria
  • Chinese Donut with Honey Ginger Icing
  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passionfruit Cotton Candy
  • Roasted Edamame
  • Speciality Beer

Jambo Grill

  • Bahn Mi Burger with pickled carrots and cucumber, and a jalapeno aioli
  • Miso Butter Street Corn

Beer Den

  • Orange Mangotini
  • Sake Sangria
  • Chinese Donut with Honey Ginger Icing
  • Wasabi Popcorn
  • Passionfruit Cotton Candy
  • Roasted Edamame
  • Speciality Beer

Ice Cream

  • Volcano Sundae with Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Oreos, Waffle Cone “Mountain”, and Raspberry Sauce “Lava”