The Chinese Lantern Festival is located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas—next to the Nature and Science Buildings, and both in and around the lagoon. We are open every night from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Getting to the Festival
Using GPS,To navigate using GPS, enter this address: 3535 Grand Ave. or 1318 S. 2nd Ave. (South Second Avenue). That will bring you to a corner of the Festival grounds, close to parking and our main entrance.
From points west, (downtown Dallas, Fort Worth, and from I-35E, I-45, or US 75).
Take I-30 eastbound to Exit 47 (2nd Avenue). There will be a brown "Fair Park" sign at the top of the exit sign for 2nd Avenue. Take that exit ramp, which puts you onto 2nd Avenue. Keep right and follow the road as it curves right, putting you onto Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Continue on Robert B. Cullum, over the DART rail tracks, and turn left at the first light (Grand Avenue). You will enter Fair Park at Gate 5. Secure parking is available for $10 per car. Handicapped parking is available. After you park, walk up the Grand Avenue extension into Fair Park to the first traffic circle and turn right (onto 1st Avenue). Our China Gate entrance is on your right. The Box Office is located steps away from the entrance.
From the east, take I-30 westbound to Exit 47C (1st Avenue). On the off ramp, keep right and take the right loop onto Exposition Avenue. That leads right to Fair Park. The closest parking to our entrance is at Gate 5 (Grand Avenue). To get there from Exposition Ave., turn right onto Parry Avenue and continue as it merges with Robert B. Cullum Blvd., curving left. Continue over the DART rail tracks to the next light at Grand Avenue. Turn left into Fair Park there, at Gate 5. Secure parking is available for $10 per car. Handicapped parking is available. After you park, walk up the Grand Avenue extension into Fair Park to the first traffic circle and turn right (onto 1st Avenue). Our China Gate entrance is on your right. The Box Office is located steps away from the entrance.
We're about a 5-minute walk from DART rail and bus routes, so leave the car behind if you can, save the parking fees, and get to the lanterns in a more eco-friendly way.
Take DART's Green Line train to either Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr., Station (our entrance is closer to Fair Park Station).
From Fair Park Station, enter Fair Park's main gate, walk down the Esplanade toward the grand Hall of State, turn right, go past Big Tex Circle toward the Old Mill Inn Restaurant. Just past the restaurant is a traffic circle. Look left and you'll see our China Gate main entrance along First Avenue.
If exiting at MLK, Jr., Station, enter Fair Park at Gate 5 (Grand Avenue), walk straight ahead up Grand Avenue to the first traffic circle (before the Old Mill Restaurant), and turn right on First Avenue. Our China Gate entrance is on your right.
We are proud that DART is the Official Transportation Provider of the Chinese Lantern Festival.
For more, see Fair Park's DART page:
Or go to DART's page on reaching Fair Park:
The Chinese Lantern Festival is wheelchair- and scooter-friendly. All 25 lantern sets are visible from paved walkways, allowing the same encounters with the lanterns as for able-bodied visitors, save for two lanterns and our show stage. Close-up access to them involves travel over uneven, sloping ground. Electric scooters are able to access this area. Those in manually-operated chairs may need assistance to do so. On the north side of the lagoon, the path is interrupted by a few steps. To see all those lanterns, visitors can double back and approach from the other side. Exercise caution in one small section of rough pavement (between ‘The Fab Fan' and 'Happy and Comfy...').
Visitors who have medical reasons for using wheelchairs and scooters receive a 50% discount on admission at all times. Wheelchairs and scooters are not provided by the Lantern Festival, and are not for rent at the site.
Preferred parking is available for guests in wheelchairs or who have medical conditions which qualify them to use 'handicapped parking'. There is a parking fee of $10 for all vehicles, including those with handicapped tags. Guests with mobility challenges can be dropped off close to our main entrance. There is no parking fee for drop-offs. If your car is being parked, pay for parking, tell the attendant you’re dropping passengers off up Grand Avenue, and drive straight ahead. An asphalt ‘ramp’ allows you to drive up the curb and onto the extended street, which is bisected by a flower garden. Proceed to the first traffic circle, and let your party out there. The main entrance is a few steps away to your right. Return your car to the parking lot and retrace your driving route on foot to enter the Festival.
DART trains and busses are accessible, and Fair Park is served by two train stations (see BY TRANSIT, on this page). For more on DART accessibility, go to http://www.dart.org/riding/accessibility.asp.
SAVOUR A BITE AT THE LAGOON TERRACE
At the geographic mid-point of the Festival, pause by the lagoon terrace for a light bite or a warming bowl of soup. Outdoor tables allow you to sit and enjoy the lanterns reflected in the lagoon. Burgeoning with boats, illuminated lotuses, frogs and ducks, it's a place that beckons you to linger. A limited menu offers a taste of 'East meets West':
Fried Rice Bowl—$4
Vegetable Egg Roll—$4
Veg. Spring Roll—$3
Chicken & Dumpling Soup—$4
Fortune cookies (3)—$1
All-American Hot Dog—$3
Jasmine Hot Tea—$2
HISTORIC FAIR PARK
The Chinese Lantern Festival is proud to join a pantheon of grand spectacles that have mesmerized and entertained millions ever since the first fair here in 1886. Today, we're surrounded by the rich architectural legacy of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. That event, marking 100 years of independence from Mexico, became a focal point for the expression of the Art Deco style. In buildings, murals, friezes and sculpture, Fair Park was transformed, and today holds the largest collection of Art Deco exhibition buildings anywhere—some 26 in all. Those intimately connected with the Chinese Lantern Festival include the Nature Building, Science Building (originally the Museum of Fine Arts), and the Leonhardt Lagoon, centerpiece of the Lantern Festival. All were built in 1936, and today are administered by the City of Dallas, as is all of Fair Park. Stewardship of this National Historic Landmark is supported in partnership with the Friends of Fair Park, so visitors will always be able to enjoy this cultural treasure.
For more, visit fairpark.org.