70,000 people have flocked to the Cleveland Zoo after hours to see the Asian Lanterns

70,000 people have flocked to the Cleveland Zoo after hours to see the Asian Lanterns
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces Asian Lantern Festival extension. (Source: WOIO/Michael K. Dakota)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The five-week Asian Lantern Festival engagement is coming to a close Aug. 19. The festival opened on July 19 and has been well attended with over 70,000 visitors with one week still left to go.

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"It's a celebration of Asian culture," Kelly Manderfield told Cleveland 19 on the eve of the opening just less than a month ago. The festival coincides with the opening of the Cleveland Zoo's newest exhibit, the Asian Highlands which features among other animals a set of triplet snow leopards which were born in April.

In addition to the colorful displays, the festival will also showcase traditional Asian cuisine, crafts, and live performances.

The exhibits will be open each Thursday through Sunday after the zoo closes at 6:30 p.m. from July 19 to Aug. 19.

Tickets are available online or at the zoo box office.

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