When the world first saw the movie Tangled, everyone wanted to experience the floating lanterns that were such a big part of the movie in real life. You’re kidding yourself if you say you didn’t want a little piece of that magic.
The Lantern Fest makes that bucket list wish possible with a release of thousands of glowing lanterns into the night sky. The celebration is coming back to Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 20. Click here to purchase tickets. This is the second Lantern Fest event in Salt Lake in 2016, and the first was in April, when nearly 9000 people lived out their Disney-fueled dreams. The evening’s family-friendly schedule includes live music, s’mores roasting, games, food truck fare, dance contests and more leading up to the lantern release. The evening ends with the lighting and release of thousands of lanterns to the tune of (you guessed it) “At Last I See the Light” from Tangled.
I went to the Lantern Fest in Salt Lake last September, and it was definitely worth it. I roasted a perfectly golden s’more without lighting myself on fire, I made new friends around the campfire and I got the perfect Instagram-worthy photo of my floating lantern among thousands of others in the sky.
Each kit comes with markers for lantern decorating. Participants are encouraged to individualize their lanterns by drawing designs or writing down dreams, regrets, or goals. If you’re worried that all those lanterns will end up littering the highway, don’t. The Lantern Fest sends specially trained Lantern Chasers in vehicles to make sure every last biodegradable lantern is disposed of properly.
Early registration tickets are $25 until June 10. Each admission ticket comes with an entrance wristband, s’mores kit, lighter, a lantern and markers for decorating. Lantern Fest merchandise is also available for purchase at the event.
Utah Motorsports Campus, 512 South Sheep Lane, Grantsville, UT – August 20 – gates open at 4 p.m. thelanternfest.com