LANTERN FESTIVAL GRAND OPENING WEEKEND FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY, ILLUMINATED LANTERNS AT NIGH WHAT: Lantern Festival Grand Opening Weekend
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exhibition continues Thursday-Sunday evenings, May 31-July 29 ......
Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. Visit www.metrostlouis.org to plan your route using public transportation.
For general Garden information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). For information about “Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night,” visit www.mobot.org/lanternfestival. To learn more about visiting St. Louis, log on to www.explorestlouis.com.
The Lantern Festival magic continues throughout the summer! See the illuminated lantern scenes on Thursday through Sunday evenings, May 31 through July 29, and nightly seven days a week for the exhibit’s final weeks, August 1 through 19. Evening hours are 6 to 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.). Each evening is filled with entertainment for all ages before the lanterns are lit at 8 p.m. Admission is $22 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $10 for children (ages 3 to 12). Purchase tickets online at www.mobot.org/lanternfestival or in person at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
“Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night” is presented by Emerson. The Grand Opening Weekend is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. Individual lantern installations are sponsored by Ameren Corporation; BSI Constructors; Boeing; Drury Hotels Company; Edward Jones; Emerson; HBE Corporation; the Konzen Family; Macy’s; the Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Council; Novus International; Peabody Energy; Scottrade; the Gene and Judy Toombs Family; UMB Bank, N.A.; and Wells Fargo Advisors. Educational programming is sponsored by the Regional Arts Council. In keeping with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s commitment to sustainability, Ameren Missouri Pure Power will donate Missouri wind energy credits to offset the electricity required to power the exhibit for nighttime viewing.
2012 Lantern Festival Grand Opening Weekend Schedule
May 26-28, 2012
Doors open — 9 a.m.
Hundred Man T’ai Ji — 10 a.m. — Cohen Amphitheater
Opening Extravaganza — 10:45 a.m. — Spoehrer Plaza (Saturday only)
Opening Parade and Dragon Dance — 11 a.m. — Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater (Saturday only)
Dragon Dance — 11 a.m. — Central Axis Reflecting Pools (Sunday and Monday only)
Opening Ceremony — 11:15 a.m. — Cohen Amphitheater (Saturday only)
New Shanghai Circus — 12 p.m. — Cohen Amphitheater
Chinese Garden Tour — 12 p.m. — Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden
Cultural Fashion Show — 1 p.m. — Shoenberg Theater
Chinese Garden Tour — 1 p.m. — Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden
Hundred Man T’ai Ji — 1 p.m. — Cohen Amphitheater
Chinese Culinary Arts — 1:30 p.m. — Kemper Center for Home Gardening
Dragon Dance — 2 p.m. — Central Axis Reflecting Pools
Chinese Garden Tour — 2 p.m. — Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden
Grand Parade — 2:30 p.m. — Spoeher Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
New Shanghai Circus — 3 p.m. — Cohen Amphitheater
The Arts of Chinese Tea — 3 p.m.— Kemper Center for Home Gardening
Chinese Garden Tour — 3 p.m. — Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden
The Tales of Chinese Lanterns — 4 p.m. — Shoenberg Theater
Chinese Garden Tour — 4 p.m. — Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden