Lake St. Clair Metropark will light up with beautiful lanterns and countless memories when the Water Lantern Festival floats in on Saturday, October 13. Attendees will be able to create their own lanterns with personalized messages or drawings and watch them float across Lake St. Clair with thousands of other lanterns.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with food trucks, music, and more until 7 p.m. You and your family can start designing your lantern at 6:30 p.m. with plenty of supplies for you to design the perfect lantern. The lantern launch begins at 7 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. leaving plenty of time for you to enjoy the scenery.
You can enjoy all of the beauty with peace of mind knowing that this special event is environmentally friendly. All of the lanterns are biodegradable and are made of rice paper and bamboo wood. Additionally, the Water Lantern Festival cleans all of the lanterns out of the water along with picking up previously existing trash.
Tickets are $35 per person until Friday, October 12, or $40 on the day of the event. The festival suggests buying a ticket sooner rather than later since many of their events tend to sell out. Each ticket includes entry into the festival area, a floating water lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and wristband.
The Water Lantern Festival is presented by One World, whose goal is to bring family and friends together for a beautiful and emotional night. Whether you are writing down your hopes and dreams, or writing a letter to a loved one, the night will be full of cherished moments and beautiful imagery.
“The event promotes unity and creates a magical image of the lanterns dotting the surface of the water,” Emma Bernard, an organizer for the festival, said.