Weekend Edition: Lantern Festival to Light up DTLA

On Saturday, March 3rd from noon-7 pm, the Chinese American Museum of Downtown Los Angeles will celebrate the closing of Lunar New Year festivities with its 11th annual Lantern Festival. Each year, Lantern Festival re-creates a traditional Chinese village street fair by combining exciting musical and acrobatic performances (think lions and glow-in-the-dark dragons) with lantern displays to create a truly unique sensory experience.

Photo by Ezekiel Tarango, from camla.org

Founded in 2002, the Lantern Festival aims to educate as well as entertain, offering attendees the chance to try their hand at some traditional Chinese crafts including  lantern-making, kite-building, Chinese-opera style face painting, Origami, and calligraphy.

Photo by BeBe Jacobs (via facebook

This year’s event also features a new workshop called Build Your Dream Home. Inspired by CAM’s latest exhibition, Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980), the workshop will take kids and grownups alike through the architectural design process. It will also give them the chance to dream up and build their very own “dream home” unconventional materials such as poker chips and yarn.

The 11th Annual Lantern Festival takes place this Saturday, 3/3 from noon-7 pm in El Pueblo Plaza (across from Union Station). Admission is free!

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2 responses to “Weekend Edition: Lantern Festival to Light up DTLA

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  2. lymaa

    great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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