Des Moines Water Lantern Festival lights up the night

Decorate your lantern however you please, then release your creation into the water for everyone to enjoy. Photo: Water Lantern Festival

The Water Lantern Festival, a national event held in several cities annually, is bringing the enchanting event to Riverview Park in Des Moines this weekend. Experience the magic and beauty of hundreds of paper lanterns floating across Riverview Lake.

Decorate your own lantern, listen to stories of lanterns creating magic, hear live music and feast on food truck fare. As the sun sets and the lanterns are released, you’ll witness a breathtaking display straight out of the Disney movie “Tangled.”

After the main event, the lanterns are collected from the lake by staff, along with any trash and debris that may have been there before, so the display doubles as a cleanup effort. Proceeds from Water Lantern Festivals support the mission of in helping to provide safe water and sanitation to families around the world. 
Tickets and more information are available online.


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