2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo

2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo |  By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Last updated: November 4, 2023

This April, May and June, bring your family to John Ball Zoo to see jaw-dropping lighted artwork, walk-through and interactive light displays, and fully immersive light installations. It's absolutely incredible and fun for both kids and adults alike!

  • Every year, the super popular Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo sells out so you will need to buy your timed, online tickets early! 

When is the 2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo

April 10, 2024- June 16, 2024


Where is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival?

The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

What is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival?

What is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival? Put on your walking shoes as the Lantern Festival is a one-mile walking light tour through John Ball Zoo. This family friendly festival is a chance to see lovely handmade Asian lantern displays that sparkle and twinkle throughout the Zoo. Learn the intertwining story of wildlife and Asian culture.

So buy your tickets early (they sell out!) to see these breathing works of art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tickets for the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival: How Much Do Tickets Cost?

Buy your tickets for the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival early as they do tend to sell out. You can buy them online or walk up on the nights of the event if tickets are still available. 

General Admission Fees are:

  • Non-members of John Ball Zoo: $22.00
  • Members of John Ball Zoo: $19.00

4 Pass Tickets (4 people, same night):

  • Non-members of John Ball Zoo: $66.00
  • Members of John Ball Zoo: $57.00

Are the Animals Visible During the Lantern Festival?

You will not be able to see most animals during the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival as they will be brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed in their indoor habitats! ;)

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About the Lead Author | Sherry Trautman

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

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