About the NYS Chinese Lantern Festival in Syracuse

The New York State Fairgrounds will be transformed into a magnificent setting! The New York State Chinese Lantern Festival comes to Syracuse, April 14 – June 24, 2017 for the first time in this area.

The Festival will include 30 ALL NEW displays. Each display includes hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights. From a three-foot baby panda in Panda World to a three-story Chinese palace pagoda, 1,000 sculptural components will be created on-site by more than 30 artists from China. Welded metal frames covered in fabric will emerge as flowers, peacocks, cranes, butterflies, archways. The sculptures are LED-lit-from-within lanterns. The nearly 200-foot-long dragon is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

View the craftsmanship, cultural significance and artistic beauty of these displays. Experience beautiful cultural performances and artisan crafts. Enjoy delicious Chinese (and New York State) food and drinks as well.

Lantern Festival Hours
Weekdays (Tues.,Wed.,Thur., Sun.) 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Weekends (Fri., Sat.) 5:30 – 11 p.m.
The festival is open everyday except Mondays.


Stage Performances: (weather permitting)
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays show times at 7 and 9 pm

Ticket sales and admission ends one hour prior to closing.

Enter at Gate 6. Parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m., Tickets can be purchased beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Parking

Free parking is available at the New York State Fairgrounds, enter at Gate 6 from State Fair Boulevard.  Accessible parking is also available. Please follow the signs. Parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m., Tickets can be purchased beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Directions

The New York State Fairgrounds is immediately adjacent to Route 690 just West of Syracuse. It is easily accessible from the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90) from the West and East, and from Route 81, North and South. Just follow the signs to the Fairgrounds once you enter the Syracuse area. Parking Entrance is at Gate 6 off State Fair Boulevard.

Our street address is: 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York 13209
Our GPS coordinates are: 43.073857,-76.215708

From the West – Buffalo / Rochester Area

Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 East) to Exit 39, then follow Rt. 690 East.

From the East – Albany / Utica Area

Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 West) to Exit 34A, follow Rt. 481 South, then follow Rt. 690 West.

From the North – Watertown Area

Take Interstate 81 South into Syracuse to Exit 22. Follow Bear Street (Rt. 298) to Rt. 690 West.

From the South – Binghamton / Cortland Area

Take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.

From the New York City / Downstate Area
Take best route to Binghamton, N.Y. then take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.

Tickets

Tickets at the gate:

Adult (age 17 and over) : $17.17 per person
Adult cash discount: $15.00 per person

Senior (age 60 and over) $15.48 per person at the gate
Senior cash discount: $13.00 per person

Child (ages 5-16) $14.37 per person at the gate
Child cash discount: $12.00 per person

Free for ages under 5

Groups of 25 or more $14.92 each. Cash discount price: $12.50 each ticket.
Senior Groups of 25 or more $14.37 each. Cash discount price: $12.00 each ticket.

Online tickets:

Adult (age 17 and over) : $18.09 per person
Senior (age 60 and over): $15.82 per person
Child (ages 5-16): $14.68 per person

Groups: Please let us know when you are coming so we may best accommodate you, email events@advancemediany.com

Groups of 25 or more $15.25 per ticket
Senior Groups of 25 or more $14.68 each.

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. Tickets purchased online are good one-time entrance any day the festival is open.

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

No rain checks.

Discounts

Special Day At the Gate Discounts – tickets must be purchased at the gate. Cash or credit card.

April 18 SU Night – Syracuse University students and staff get in for $13 with SU ID.

April 26  April Food Bank Night – Bring a can of food get in for $13

May 2   First Responders Night – May 2 Show ID get in for $13

May 4-7   Food Bank Weekend  – Bring a Can of Food get in for $13

May 9  Nurses Night – May 9 – Show work ID get in for $13

May 14  Mother’s Day  – Mothers get in for $13

May 23  First Responders Night  First Responders admission $13 at the gate

May 24  Teachers Night  Teachers admission $13 at the gate

May 30  Armed Services Night  – $8 adult admission with military ID

May 31  Food Bank Night  – Bring a Can of Food get in for $13

June 18  Father’s Day  – Dads get in for $13

Hours

Festival schedule: The festival is open nightly Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays.

Weekdays (Tues.,Wed.,Thur., Sun.) 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Weekends (Fri., Sat.) 5:30 – 11 p.m.

Please note ticket sales and admission ends one hour prior to closing to give visitors enough time to experience the festival.

Parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m.  Admission tickets can be purchased beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Stage Performances: (weather permitting)
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays show times at 7 and 9 pm

Planning Your Visit

Plan to spend about 2 hours as you stroll through the 5-acre park, take in a performance, watch artisans at work and enjoy a delicious treat. Please note: ticket sales and admission end one hour prior to closing.

The festival is open rain or shine, however, performances will be canceled in the event of rain or inclement weather. There are no rainchecks.

Bench seating will be available throughout the park. Bleachers are provided at the stage.

Items Allowed: Strollers, bottle water, purses, wheelchairs, cameras and video recorders.

Prohibited Items:

Lawn chairs, drones, skateboards & hoverboards, bicycles, food and beverage, coolers, pets, tents/staking and weapons.

Pets are not allowed unless they are a trained service or companion animal or in a competition. Guests with these animals must retain control of their animals at all times and must keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.  Pets are not allowed to be kept in vehicles while attending the Festival.

Please see the New York State Fairgrounds Rules of Conduct for more information.

Where to Stay

Crowne Plaza Hotel, an official hotel of the New York State Chinese Lantern Festival. Located at 701 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210. Get 35% off best available rate when you call (315) 479-7000 and mention “Lantern Festival.”

Crowne Plaza Syracuse

Maplewood Suites, an official hotel of the New York State Chinese Lantern Festival. Located at 400 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Get 35% off best available rate when you call (315) 451-1511 and mention “LANT.” Discount code available by phone reservation only.

Maplewood Suites

Outdoor Event

This is an outdoor event. We are open rain, snow or shine. Please check current weather conditions for your visit and dress appropriately. Performances may be canceled for inclement weather. There are no rainchecks for canceled shows.



Accessibility

Accessible parking is available. The lanterns are displayed around paths that can accommodate wheelchairs and electric scooters. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide wheelchairs or scooters. Please bring your own wheelchair or scooter. 

Tasty Treats

Enjoy a delicious treat while you’re viewing the festival or watching a performance. Choose from:

Heid’s of Liverpool Hot Dogs

Gourm-Asian Bistro

Kikis Authentic Greek

Wolf’s Patio Pizza

Birdsong Cafe

Yakisoba Teriyaki and Noodles

Pets

Pets are not allowed unless they are a trained service animal. Guests with these animals must retain control of their animals at all times and must keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.  Pets are not allowed to be kept in vehicles while attending the Festival.

Rules of Conduct

All attendees must adhere to the Rules of Conduct of the New York State Fairgrounds. Click here for Rules of Conduct.

Produced by Tianyu Arts and Culture

Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc brings China to the world via world-class Chinese lantern festivals and other cultural displays. Tianyu maintain offices in the United States, Australia and Europe. They work to improve intercultural communication between China and the World through sharing lantern shows and other entertainment traditions .