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 Sundays – Thursdays (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.


Current Deals:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Special early entry time: 5PM

Need a little extra help getting around the Zoo to enjoy the lanterns before the crowds? We've dedicated these 3 nights to senior citizens and their caregivers to explore the Lantern Festival at their own pace before the festival opens to the public at 6PM.

On October 15, 16, and 17, we'll be opening the festival at 5PM to senior citizens only. They will also receive 20% OFF admission to the festival. Discount is only available at the gate. Cash or check preferred. If using credit card, a $2.50 fee per transaction will be applied.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Join us on October 21st for Family Night! Receive ONE FREE CHILD ADMISSION with one paid adult admission. Discount is only available at the gate. Cash or check preferred.


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


 **Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult**


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

Can be purchased online

or at the Racine Zoo Administration Office with CASH or CHECK ONLY
9am – 3pm, Monday – Thursday
(200 Goold St., Racine, WI 53402)

Season Passes will not be sold at the gate.

Must present valid ID and Season Pass (printed or on a phone) 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. No refunds. Participation in the Lantern Festival grants the Racine Zoo rights to utilize guests in photos for promotional materials. The participant agrees to hold the Racine Zoo, its employees and associates harmless.


***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




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