Lantern Festival



Experience our World Famous Lantern Festival – a spectacular nighttime event!

Take a stroll around the Racine Zoo and immerse yourself in the incredible works of art. From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. To top it off, an array of food and drink options will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.


Event Dates:

October 1 – December 31, 2019 (80 select nights)
6pm – 9pm Weeknights (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
6pm – 10pm Fridays & Saturdays (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)

Event Closed:
October: 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25, 28
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25

Event takes place rain or shine.


Ticket Prices:

Adult (Ages 16 and older):
$20 online  |  $25 at the door

Senior (Ages 62 and older):
$15 online  |  $20 at the door

Child (Ages 3 – 15 years):
$12 online  |  $17 at the door

Young Child (Ages 2 years and younger): Free

Group Tickets available! More info


Tickets valid any night of the event!


Print your tickets at home or we can scan your tickets directly off your smartphone at the entrance!


Lantern Festival Season Passes*:

Adult and Senior: $50
Child: $30
*Must be purchased at the Racine Zoo Administration Office
9am – 3pm, Monday – Thursday
(200 Goold St., Racine, WI 53402)
Must present valid ID and Season Pass for entrance to the festival.


*Purchasing tickets for the Lantern Festival does not permit entry to Racine Zoo during the day. The animals at the Zoo will not be visible during the Lantern Festival experience.*


***The Lantern Festival is a separate ticketed event from regular Zoo admission or membership. There are no discounts for Zoo members.***


Brought to you in partnership with the Zigong Lantern Group



Busineses/organizations – looking for a unique experience to advertise? Sign up for a Business Booth during the festival! Email Chelsea Locke at for more information.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Beth Heidorn at or call 262.636.9291 for more information.