The Dragon Lights Festival is an amazing way to teach your family about Chinese Culture. The entire Utah Fair Park is filled with beautiful larger than life lantern displays featuring significant symbols of Chinese Culture.
Know Before You Go
Directions, Location & Hours
Location: The Utah Fair Park: 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Directions: The Utah Fair Park is easy to find using Google Maps.
Hours: Nightly March 23rd- May 6th at 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. The lanterns are best seen after sunset.
$18 Per Adult, $12 Per Child (5-12), FREE for children under 5, $15 Per Military, $12 Per Senior
- Discounts: Discounts are available for large groups. They also offer a family pass for $50 that includes 2 adults and 2 children ($10 savings).
There are bathrooms near the entrance to the park on the North side of the lantern displays in a large concessions building.
The entire Fair Park has a cement sidewalk that goes around the outside. The lanterns are set up in the grass area in the middle of the park, but the ground is fairly hard, and easy to navigate a wheelchair on – but a little uneven.
The huge lantern displays are definitely the main highlight of the Dragon Lights Festival. Most displays are significantly taller than the average person, with a few displays towering well above the park. There are over 39 different displays, all created by professional Chinese Lantern Artisans. The displays all feature something of cultural significance for China and have a short description next to the display. This is a great way to teach young children about a new culture that isn’t very common in Utah.
A couple times a night the festival puts on a performance featuring traditional Chinese acts such as Vase Balancing, Juggling, The Chinese YoYo, Dancing, Hat Juggling, and Plate Spinning. These performances offer a rare glimpse into traditional Chinese culture. Peanut had a lot of fun watching the interesting performances. They were unlike anything she’s ever seen before!
Things to Bring
- Food and Drink: Outside food and drinks are allowed at the Dragon Lights Festival if you want to save some money and pack your own lunch. It’s not a huge festival, so you don’t need to plan on being there a long time. You could easily get away with coming after dinner and bringing a few snacks for the little ones. There is a food court set up on the south side where you can eat your packed meal or snacks if you need a place to sit down.
- Dining Options: There are a few food trucks featuring Chinese food and traditional fair food at the Festival in the food court.
- Camera: Since you’ll likely be at the festival after sunset, bringing a nice DSLR that can shoot good photos in the dark is ideal.
- Clothing: This festival is held in Spring and doesn’t start until later in the evening. The weather in Utah at this time of year is still unpredictable, but typically it’s pretty cold at night still. Make sure to bring warm clothes for your family and a few blankets for your little ones that are still in strollers.
- Stroller Access: The entire festival is built around a big cement walking path, but the light displays are in the middle of the park on the grass. It’s fairly easy to push your stroller through the grass to get around the Fair Park though.