Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transforms into Asian festival

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Each Thursday through Sunday for five weeks, hundreds of large-scale, colorful lanterns will light up the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Friday, crews will complete the installation of the largest of the festival's lanterns, the 200-foot-long and 20-foot-tall mythical Chinese dragon.

In addition to the brilliant lanterns, get a taste of Asian culture with authentic cuisine, craft market and live performances on the Fifth Third Bank stage all surrounded by your favorite zoo animals after hours.

The festival will take place after the zoo closes, from 6:30 – 10 p.m., Thursdays – Sundays.

It begins July 19 through Aug. 19

Advance tickets to Asian Lantern Festival are now available online for a discounted cost of $14.50 for Zoo members and $17.50 for non-members. The limited availability tickets cost $20.50 at the door.

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