A few weekends ago, the guys headed down to Philly for a concert- Isaac’s first- Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, and Eagles of Death Metal (like father, like son). The girls and I decided we do Philly in our own way a bit later and that happened this past weekend.
Shoshana wanted to go to the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival and after a trip to Brave New Worlds comic shop for Samara, we headed out. As you can see from the pic above, some of the displays were beautiful even in daylight, but as night fell, the magic of the festival really lit up. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Some of these displays were huge! It was impossible, for instance, to get a good shot of the Ancient Chinese Dragon display because of its size and the crowds.
I do NOT recommend going during Memorial Day weekend. If you can avoid it, avoid it. There were lines and it was crowded. Since the info said there’d be food, we decided to eat there. However, with only two places to get food and a massive crowd, we stood in line for two hours to get dinner. Literally. Two hours! So, if you can eat before you go or brave a very, very, very, very long wait.
The festival ends on June 11th, so there’s still plenty of time to see it. From Sunday to Thursday, it’s open 6-10 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays 6-11 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door:
Military or Seniors (65+): $15
Ages 3-17: $12
2 and under: Free
For more information, see their site.