Metropark’s Asian Lantern Festival tops 150,000
2018: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has announced that
approximately 150,000 guests visited the first-ever Asian
Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s
over its seven-week run. The first-time event for Northeast Ohio
brought special performances and more than 40 large scale
lantern displays featuring hundreds of colorful lanterns
illuminating Cleveland Metroparks Zoo after-hours.
The event, which began in July, was originally slated to run for
five weeks but large attendance led to an additional two week
extension that concluded on September 3rd.
“We want to thank the community for the overwhelming support of
Asian Lantern Festival,” said Kelly Manderfield,
Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer. “This unique event
enhanced our guests’ experience and attracted new visitors,
A survey of guests showed more than 50 percent of Asian
Lantern Festival attendees had not visited to the Zoo in
more than a year.
Cleveland Metroparks partnered with Tianyu Arts &
Culture to bring the festive and cultural displays to
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. While Tianyu specializes in bringing
light festivals all over the world, the customized event at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo broke U.S. and international attendance
records for Tianyu exceeding attendance in previous markets such
as those in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Utrecht in the
In addition to the brilliant lanterns, visitors to the festival
were able to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine, a craft market and
live acrobatic performances each night.
The event was made possible through partnerships with Cleveland
Clinic Children’s, Fifth Third Bank, and T-Mobile.
“We’re looking forward to building off the success of this event
and how we can offer more unique opportunities to the community
we serve,” said Manderfield.