Imagine a thousand lit up lanterns floating along the water under the bright setting sun. This spectacular setting takes place at the Water Lantern Festival May 25th at Allegheny Commons Park. The event is one night only, and is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Water Lantern Festival
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The idea behind the festival is to celebrate life together, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds for one memorable night of water lantern radiance. Step away from the chaos of everyday life and enjoy the peaceful scene. The magical thing about the event is that it’s a group experience with thousands of other people, but it still feels like something personal. Each lantern has a little bit of everything: messages of hope, love letters, dreams, healing, happiness. What will your message be?!

Water Lantern Festival
Image via @WaterLanternFestival

The gates open at 5:30–where you can enjoy decorating your lantern and checking out incredible food trucks, local vendors, and live music. Food trucks include Big B’s BBQ, The Fudge Guy, Enjoy Hot Dogs, and more. Some of the local vendors are Fill A Friend, TinkerGarten, and Damsel in Defense.

Get ready for the lantern launch! The extraordinary display is scheduled to take place at 8:30. Sit back and take in the serene scene, gazing at the gleaming flow of lanterns lit up against the sunset horizon. So inspiring! It’s a unique experience that will make for a memorable night. There will be some awesome pictures too! #WLFPittsburgh  

Water Lantern Festival
Image via @WaterLanternFestival

The Water Lantern Festival began in 2018, with events in 34 cities and an attendance of over 130,000 people. This year promises to gain more fans and popularity, with the event expanding to over 100 festivals.

The festival was voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA Today. The event is also eco friendly–each lantern is made from wood and rice paper. Each festival donates a portion of the proceeds to

When: May 25

Time: 5:30-9:30pm

Where: Allegheny Commons Park

Tickets: $25 until 5/22, $35 until 5/24, $40 day of  event

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh has been writing for Made in PGH since 2018, where he writes about upcoming events. He’s a Point Park University graduate and teaches high school English. In his free time you’ll find him playing guitar and writing new songs.

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