From December 8th 2017 to January 14th 2018, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be illuminated by more than 30 sets of larger-than-life light sculptures. Come join us for a 6 week long culture celebration of art displays, live culture performances and traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations.

Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc

Nightly from 5:30PM - 10:00PM at Arkansas State Fairgrounds


The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival will light up Arkansas State Fairgrounds with more than 30 larger-than-life illuminated displays by Chinese artisans. Our team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making.

In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, the event will also offer food and beverages. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food, as well as assorted beverages.

Performance Times:

Sunday-Thursday: 6:30 PM & 8:00PM

Friday & Saturday: 6:30PM, 8:00 PM, & 9:00 PM

Performances are included in festival admission.

Chinese Lanterns

Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival boasts 30 plus beautiful lantern displays, ranging from a 200 ft long dragon to a 3 stores high palace lantern pagoda. All the lanterns are hand crafted by our artisans using metal, fabric and thousands of LED lights.

Traditional Handicrafts

Each night, artists will showcase traditional handicrafts, which will also be for sale. Handicrafts include Chinese calligraphy name painting and aluminum wire weaving.

Nightly Performances

Our performers also travel all the way from China and offer our audience a stunning acrobats and folk dance show. Some popular acts featured this year include face changing, jar balancing and plate spinning.


  • Where is this event being held and is there parking available?

    The event is at Arkansas State Fairgrounds. There's ample parking inside the fairgrounds and parking fee is $5/car in cash or credit.

  • Where can I purchase tickets?

    Tickets will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online at

  • What does the price of admission include?

    Admission includes entry into the festival for viewing all lanterns, authentic Chinese performances, and handicraft demonstrations. Merchandise and food are sold separately.

  • Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

    You may either buy tickets in advance online or at the entrance. To avoid ticket lines on more crowded days, it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance but it is not required.

  • Are there any discounts available?

    Yes, we offer senior citizens (age 65 and plus) and military a discount rate of $12; every Thursday college students enjoy a discount of $12/person with valid student ID. We also offer group rates to groups of 15 people and more. Group prices will be $13/adult and $8/youth (age 5-17). For group tickets, please email

  • What are the festival hours?

    The festival is open nightly from 5:30- to 10:00PM. The ticket booth opens at 5:00pm and closes at 9:30pm.

  • Will you be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve,and New Year’s Day?

    Yes, we will be open every night including holidays!

  • Is this an indoor or outdoor event?

    This is an outdoor walk through experience so please dress warm for the weather! Performances and food vendors will be outdoor as well but we also have hot chocolate and other hot beverage for sale.

  • What is your ticket policy?

    Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door at the same price. Online tickets are good for any day during the festival and can be used once only. All ticket sales are final and no refund is provided. In case of inclement weather when the festival must be cancelled or close early, rain checks will be offered.

  • Is everything cash only?

    We take cash and cards at the onsite ticket box office. The Arkansas state fairgrounds charges parking and one can pay in cash or cards. Some of the merchandise or food vendors may be cash only but we will have ATM onsite as well.

  • Do I have to print my online ticket?

    We can scan the ticket off your phone but it is recommended that you print your tickets. You can print it on both sides!

  • Is there anything I cannot bring to the festival?

    No pets, large moving vehicles, or weapons will be allowed. The walking paths are wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Both wheelchairs and strollers are always allowed in the park.

  • I have a disability, can I still attend?

    Yes, our pathway is very wheelchair accessible and is walk-able for people of all ages. We recommend you to bring your own wheelchair(s) and we will have handicapped parking area close to the venue entrance.


Tickets are available online or at the door, no advance purchase is necessary.


18 and older


17 and under

(kids 2 and under free) BUY TICKETS

ID Required

$40 Family 4-Pack: (2 adult and 2 youth tickets) BUY TICKETS

College discounts (ID required) are available on Thursday – $12 admission.

Group Sales:

Discounted group rates are available for groups with 15 or more guests.

Adult- $13


Please contact for group ticket sales.

Onsite Box Office Hours:



Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival Natural Resources Park @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds

Midway Parking Areas at Arkansas State Fairgrounds
2600 Howard St., Little Rock, Arkansas