Friday, August 9, 2013 , Updated 3:36 p.m., January 3, 2014
UPDATED: Chinese Lantern Festival extended through mid-February
It was supposed to pack up in early January.
FAIR PARK The Chinese Lantern Festival is back for a second year in Dallas' Fair Park. Last year's temporary display included hundreds of glowing orbs in a rainbow of colors, best enjoyed at night.
The Chinese Lantern Festival opens September 27, as the State Fair of Texas begins, and closes
January 5, 2014 February 17, 2014.
[UPDATE: The Chinese Lantern Festival was extended.]
This year's display includes a "Porcelain Pagoda," which is a 52-foot-tall temple made of 68,000 pieces of dishware. The exhibit is put together by 40 artists from China, according to a press release. Visitors from last year can expect 17 new scenes at this year's Chinese Lantern Festival, the release says.
Last year's event was criticized for being expensive. The price of an adult ticket was lowered in October 2012 from $19 to $14 "so more people could see the exhibition," said State Fair spokesperson Sue Gooding. Before the drop in price, we reported last year that a family of four (two adults, two children) would have paid $132 for access into the fair and the Chinese Lantern Festival on a weekend in the evening.
Admission prices for the Chinese Lantern Festival significantly increase once the State Fair ends:
September 27–October 20 (during the State Fair): Tickets cost $14 for adults and $9 for children. Tickets can only be purchased via State Fair coupons: That's 28 coupons for adults, 18 for kids.
October 24–February 17: Tickets are $22 for adults, $14 for children.
Visitors can re-enter the festival on the same day for no extra charge.
During the State Fair, the lantern festival is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. From October 24 through December 8, it's open Thursday through Sunday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. From December 12 through February 17, it's open every day from 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Take a look at behind-the-scenes shots of the 45 artists working on the ornate pieces before the festival opened:
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