Los Angeles Lantern Festival 2016


Saturday, March 5, 2016, Noon – 7PM

Free Admission!

425 N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 at El Pueblo Historical Monument

Event will be held rain or shine

Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrance of Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. Our free signature event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks.

A hugely popular Chinese festival around the world, Lantern Festival occurs annually on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to mark the closing of Chinese New Year festivities. CAM’s annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival represents a departure from most other commercially-based street event celebrations, with its primary focus on community building and education. The Los Angeles Lantern Festival embraces the mission of the Chinese American Museum to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s diverse heritage by sharing the history, cultural legacy and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans by providing a free festival that encourages the public to celebrate Chinese America.

Note: LA County Ordinance prohibits the use and release of sky lanterns with open flames. We are currently working with the venue to hang as many lanterns as possible for the Lantern Festival event.


     Noon Opening Ceremony; Immortals Lion Dance
     12:30pm Stoi Stoilov (Magic)
     12:45pm Chinese School 中華學校 (Chinese Folk Dances)
     1:00pm Farrah Siegel (Variety Acts)
     1:15pm Paul Lo (Ballroom Dances)
     1:30pm David Chen (Magic)
     1:45pm 福之舞團 (Chinese Folk Dances)
     2:00pm Chivey Wu (Monkey King)
     2:15pm Extreme Dance Group (Line Dance)
     2:30pm Mario Seki (Magic)
     2:45pm Quetzel (Ballet Folklorico)
     3:00pm 福之舞團 (Chinese Folk Dances)
     3:15pm David Chen (Magic)
     3:30pm Grand Plaza Seniors  格蘭大廈 (Line Dances)
     3:45pm Wei Qi Zhong (Changing Faces 變臉 & Tea Pot Balancing)
     4:00pm Christina Chu (Guzheng)
     4:15pm Ken Hui & Northern Shaolin (Lion Dance)
     4:30pm Trogons (Mandarin Acappella Group)
     4:45pm Field Elementary (Lion Dance & Hip Hop)
     5:00pm Koreos (K-Pop Dance)
     5:15pm Poprock Academy (Singing)
     5:30pm Ken Hui & Northern Shaolin (Martial Arts)
     5:45pm Glendale High School Choir
     6:00pm Arcadia High School Orchesis Dance Company
     6:15pm Oriental Marionettes (Shadow Puppets)
     7:00pm Silver Dragon

Arts n’ Crafts

Chinese calligraphy
Chinese pellet drums
Chinese Spring character-cutting
Dragon Puppet-making
Face painting
Greeting card-making
Lucky Fish
Monkey Favor Box
Monkey King puppet-making
New Year Blooms
Page coloring
Passport making (inspired by CAM’s newest exhibition, Tales of the Distant Past)
Photobooth (sponsored by Bobalife USA)
Red envelope making
Spring Blossoms

Community Booths

API Equality-LA (@APIEqualityLA)
Asian Youth Center
California Highway Patrol (@CHP_HQ)
Chinatown Service Center (@cscla_info)
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Los Angeles Department of Transportation (@LADOTofficial)
Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (@NAPAFASA)
National Park Service (@NatlParkService)
OCA-Greater Los Angeles (@OCA_GLA)
Pathways L.A. 
Visual Communications
Western University of Health Sciences (California Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

Food Trucks

Fluff Ice (@FluffIce)
Phantom Food Truck (@PhantomFood)
Steamy Bun Truck (@SteamyBunTruck)
Tainamite Truck (@TainamiteTruck)

Public Transit

We are conveniently located across the street from Union Station

Take the Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station
or go to Metro Trip Planner to find your bus route to the festival.

Bus Stops around and in walking distance of the Plaza
Big Blue Bus – Rapid 10
MTA – 40, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 96, Silverline
Foothill Transit – Silver Streak

Los Angeles Lantern Festival is generously sponsored by:

                       CAM---Logo---Darker-Chinese-No-Address-in-Color-EPS           fcam logo.tif            El Pueblo Logo
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                     new logo large Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District State Farm

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact (213) 485-8567.