Thousands of Stunning Lanterns Fill Night Sky

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For the second year in a row, The Lantern Fest is coming to Spokane with its one-of-a-kind event

Families and friends join together for one spectacular launch.

The Lantern Fest

This unique experience will most likely become a family tradition for years to come

The sky will be painted gold when The Lantern Fest returns to Spokane. On May 30, thousands of participants will gather at Stateline Stadium Speedway to gaze upwards as Chinese lanterns fill the sky. With live music, dancing, s’mores, and giveaways throughout the night, this family event promises to appeal to those of all ages.

“People will come from all over the Northwest to celebrate a milestone, remember a loved one, or just to snap some pictures for Instagram while marveling at this unforgettable scene,” said Lantern Fest co-founder TR Gourley. “This unique experience will most likely become a family tradition for years to come."

Individuals and families alike can settle in before sunset to decorate their lanterns while participants get their faces painted, roast marshmallows and watch as balloon animals are made. After sundown, thousands of biodegradable lanterns are set aloft.

The Lantern Fest partners with a local charity for every event. This year, they are excited to be working with Peak 7 Adventures, a nonprofit organization serving underprivileged and at-risk youth in Washington and Oregon. They strive to help these youth experience the adventurous outdoors.

“At the Lantern Fest we are committed to providing opportunities for families to get outside," said event director Spencer Humiston. "We are excited to partner with a charity that encourages youth to do the same."

Lantern Passes can be purchased online and are required for admission to the event. Each pass come with a lantern, marker, s’mores kit and lighter. All are welcome to join. Visit for more information about The Lantern Fest. Dates and locations are updated as permits are secured. Checkout what fans have to say on The Lantern Fest Facebook page at:

About The Lantern Fest
Historically Chinese lanterns were used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, or to celebrate the life of a loved one. But in 2015, The Lantern Fest transformed this ancient tradition into a family-friendly festival. There is food, music, s’mores, children’s entertainment and, when the sun goes down, lanterns will light the sky in one spectacular release.

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