The Water Lantern Festival will take place in over 100 cities across the United States and Canada, with a stop in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 18th. The festival will take place at Military Park and lanterns will be released into the canal.

Our family is attending for the first time ever, but our friends have attended in the past and even sent us photos of their lanterns in memory of our daughter. This uplifting night is perfect for those searching for beauty. Lanterns can be personalized and then set free in the water, carrying messages of hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. As the lanterns join one another in the water with these messages, it creates the most beautiful sight of light and reflections on the water.

Gates will open at 6pm where guests can expect to find food trucks, games and activities, local vendors and great music. As it begins to get dark at 8:30pm, guests can decorate their lanterns, personalizing them with their own messages. From 9-10 p.m., lanterns will be launched into the water and everyone will watch as they float along, connecting with others, creating such beauty.

Each adult ticket includes entry to the festival, a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker to decorate your lantern and a wristband. Ticket prices also cover the costs of collecting the lanterns after the event to maintain an environmentally friendly impact. In fact, the lanterns are 100% eco-friendly — made of wood and rice paper.

Child tickets for age 7 and under are free, but only allow for admission. Creating a family lantern is a lot of fun too!

Youth tickets for ages 8 and up are $12 and include a floating lantern kit, marker, LED flashlight, and a wristband.

Watch our video above to see what past events have looked like! I recommend bringing chairs to sit on, blankets, food and drinks, insect repellent and glow in the dark items for your kids.

This event is great for families, couples (date night idea!) and individuals.

Water Lantern Festival is hosting events throughout the USA, visit https://www.WaterLanternFestival.com to find an event near you.