It was a cool Friday evening on our family night out. For this outing, we chose the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex at Pomona. I would say to allow up to two hours minimum for your visit. The Lantern Festival has four parts to it and is fun for all. The night was filled with color and light with more than 1,000 beautifully handcrafted lanterns. The lanterns range in size from 12 – 23 feet tall, and combines art, tradition, and culture. This year’s theme, “The Wild,” features five different locations – America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa, with lanterns representing wild animals from each region, including Cheetahs, panda bears, jellyfish, majestic cranes, lions, and even dinosaurs.
Lanterns and More
In addition to the lanterns, a craft marketplace will have authentic Chinese jewelry, embroidery art, artifacts, sugar art, paper-cut, fabric art, dough figurine and other merchandise for purchase. With nightly kung fu performances (and lessons at the end of each show), shadow plays, and the tastiest food, the Festival promises to amaze!
Art in motion.
There was a good crowd in this area. It was hard to walk by and not be curious about the dough figurines being created on the spot when someone ordered one and waited to have it made. You can also shop the craft marketplace where authentic Chinese jewelry, artifacts, as well as Chinese embroidery art, sugar art, paper-cut, and fabric art will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature food, Kung Fu shows and demonstrations, and shadow play.
Dress fun and don’t be afraid to wear bright colors. There are a plethora of photo opportunities throughout the festival.
November 15 – January 6, 2019
1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
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