The New York State Chinese Lantern Festival will be held Friday, April 14, 2017 through Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the New York State Fairgrounds and is presented by Advance Media New York.


A festival of color, light and Chinese culture will come to Upstate New York this spring.  Attendees of the first Chinese Lantern Festival in New York State will stroll along a meandering path surrounded by unique works of art that light up the night. As the days get longer, this colorful Chinese Festival will open in a freshly renovated area of the New York State Fairgrounds, from April 14 to June 25.


The Chinese Lantern Festival will be open every day but Mondays, starting at 4 p.m., and include a 30-minute entertainment show focusing on Chinese culture. The daily entertainment will feature Chinese dancers, acrobats, face changers, musicians and singers. Food and drink will be available as well as demonstrations of Chinese traditional crafts including palm weaving, edible sugar dragons and Chinese paintings of visitors’ names. The festival is assembled by Tianyu Arts & Culture from Zigong, China. They produce and organize lantern shows in China, Europe, Australia and the United States. The show at the NYS Fairgrounds will be the tenth show Tianyu has produced in the US.


Lantern fests are a Chinese tradition that are often held to mark the end of the Chinese New Year, which is Jan. 28th.. Thousands of brightly lit lanterns will be on display along a walkway designed delight and entertain. These unique illuminations will be created in China for the event, then assembled into vibrant displays of animals, flowers, Springtime and Chinese symbols. The entire display takes about four weeks to assemble.