Blank Park Zoo To Showcase Lantern Art

Tigers are just one of many animals featured as lanterns at the upcoming Wild Lights Festival.

Blank Park Zoo will host the Wild Lights Festival, which will feature more than 35 handcrafted, animal-shaped Asian lanterns, April 1 through May 31.The event has toured across the country, showcasing lighted creatures such as tigers, rhinos, swans and even dragons.

“This amazing festival is designed to wow you, and it’s unlike anything that has been in Iowa before,” Anne Shimerdla, the zoo’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Incredibly talented artisans design and fabricate lighted displays that incorporate Asian themes into a festival of light and culture.”

The goal of the event is to kick off Blank Park Zoo’s 2021 summer season with a fun event, Shimerdla added. Nightly attendance will be limited and face coverings required.

Public tickets go on sale Thursday for $20 per person; $18 for zoo members. The Wild Lights Festival will run from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Learn more on the Zoo’s website.

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