Arizona Chinese Lantern Festival celebrates tradition with art, performances and fun

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Chinese New Year is coming up, and Peoria is celebrating with the 2015 Arizona Chinese Lantern Festival. 

The event will feature 60-foot wide hand-crafted silk lanterns, traditional Chinese food and fun cultural activities for the whole family. There will also be traditional art, dragon dances, a gong ceremony, Kung Fu and other performance demonstrations.

The four-day festival will be at Rio Vista Community Park every day from Thursday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 22. There are different performances and activities scheduled all day, every day, to ring in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Ram. Festivities will run from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. every night.

Some of the massive lanterns brought in from China are 3 stories tall, and they celebrate the 1,500 year-old traditional Chinese Festival of Light. Each lantern tells its own story, painted with vibrant colors and sporting intricate embellishments.

Opening night is tomorrow, Feb. 19. Can’t make it to the festival this weekend? Don’t worry, the fun will return from Feb. 26 to March 1.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6 through 12, and the festival is free for children under 5.

Check out azlanternfestival.com for more information.

Arizona Chinese Lantern Festival
Rio Vista Community Park
8866-A W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria
Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 26-March 1
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
www.azlanternfestival.com