Magical: The Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest Lantern Art Festival is Captivating

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Photography by JAMES CARBONE

4:35 am | October 27, 2018


 

Moonlight Forest Lantern Art Festival opened Friday, and it really makes for an unforgettable evening experience of art, culture, and discovery, where masterfully crafted lanterns – some depicting beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and intriguing figures from Chinese legends – beckon you into the Arboretum gardens.

Although the festival continues at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia through January, now, with the weather still warm, would be the perfect time to go.

The lanterns in Moonlight Forest reflect three themes: Nature, Children’s Garden, and Chinese Culture, all of which embrace the mission and communities of the Los Angeles Arboretum. Skilled artisans from China’s Sichuan province created the lanterns on display.

The Arboretum partnered with Tianyu Arts and Culture Inc. to celebrate the time-honored tradition of lantern art through this festival, which will delight children, families, and the young-at-heart with an opportunity to experience the garden in a new light.

An Arboretum announcement said the exhibition route is a gentle one-mile long that takes about one hour to walk through. Since this is a walking event, there are no shuttles or vehicles available inside the park.

The event will feature a huge selection of food trucks and multiple bars at the festival site, and outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Visitors can take photos during the tour, but no night commercial photography is allowed throughout the duration of Moonlight Forest, which lasts up to January 6, 2019. Those talking selfies are advised against blocking pathways or the view of others. Selfie sticks are allowed but tripods will not be allowed.

Photographs and videos should not be used for commercial purposes, the Arboretum added.

The event is open to all ages, but visitors under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult.

Members of the Arboretum are eligible for a 15 percent discount. If you are a member, please contact the Arboretum membership office at (626) 821-3233 or email members@arboetum.org to get your discount code.

For more information about tickets, parking and other rules during Moonlight Forest, visit www.arboretum.org/moonlight-forest-magical-lantern-art-festival.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia.