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 vendors will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.


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


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
Senior (Ages 62 and older): $15
Child (Ages 3 – 15 years): $12
Young Child (Ages 2 years and younger): Free

Group Tickets available! More info


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 regualar 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.