Moon Lantern Trail 2021
An OzAsia Festival favourite, the much-loved Moon Lantern Parade is transforming in 2021 from a one-night event to span four full days of celebrations. This free family friendly event is not to be missed.
Starting at Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct and lighting a path to Pinky Flat, the newly imagined Moon Lantern Trail promises an exciting new experience for families across the festival’s opening weekend. This spectacle will guide audiences through the stories, histories and traditions of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations from across Asia, with roving performances and puppetry, interactive workshops and live music.
The interactive trail will begin at Adelaide Festival Centre, with attendees walking past an impressive 40m Hong Kong dragon lantern along the Adelaide Oval footbridge before reaching the main attractions over at Pinky Flat in the riverbank precinct.
In a new interpretation of the much-loved Moon Lantern Parade, the Moon Lantern Trail offers four days of celebrations instead of the one-night-only event previously held at Elder Park.
More than 20 giant lanterns from previous OzAsia Festivals will be on display, and a special story will be shared using some of the more popular lanterns from previous parades – along with two new additions to be revealed closer to the date.
Returning favourites include the flying pig, junk ship, school of fish, lion dance, lucky dog (aka Inu Hariko) and the two pandas.
On the weekend, the trail will be complemented by a range of performances and workshops such as calligraphy, lantern making, weaving and more.
Celebrating harvest, family gatherings and the moon, this year’s Moon Lantern Trail will be beautiful to explore during the day and truly spectacular at night.
Go out and see your favourite parade lanterns in a whole new light!
Play & Go’s 2021 Lantern Trail Review:
One of our favourite OzAsia Festival FREE family events, the Moon Lantern Parade, has been transformed into a 4 day celebration. What a beautiful first night it was in Adelaide.
We had a bite to eat at the Lucky Dumpling Market at Elder Park and then made our way to the footbridge to cross over to Pinky Flat.
The amazing 40 metre Hong Kong Dragon sits along the bridge to welcome you along the path to Pinky Flat.
The lanterns are spread out all over Pinky Flat and each of the large ones have a board with the name of the lantern and there are stories of Chinese mythology to be read along the way.
You can take as much time as you like exploring the lanterns at your own pace; there’s trees to play in and the water fountain to admire. Plus all the kids will probably want one of the cute lanterns of their own as a souvenir.
While it’s not the same atmosphere of the usual parade this format means you can get up close to all the beautiful lanterns and see them properly instead of having them flash past you. There also isn’t the stress of trying to get a good seat along the path as before. It’s also quieter so more suited to those who don’t like the loud music and noises of the parade.
If you don’t want to go too late, 7pm is a good time – it’s not too dark yet so you can familiarise yourself with the surroundings, but the lanterns are lit up and you get to enjoy the sunset. It gets dark about 7.30pm so you’ll get to see the lanterns properly then. If you can’t go at night, even during the day the lanterns would be fun to see.
- Once it gets dark you will need to keep an eye on the kids as even though it’s mostly fenced, the river is right there.
- The ground can be uneven with grass and paths so be careful when walking.
- It’s fine for strollers.
Dates & Times:
Audiences can walk through and admire the lanterns along the trail from 5pm on the Thursday and Friday and from 12 noon on the Saturday and Sunday.
All four nights will feature lanterns lighting up at 7.30pm and giant puppets Rama and Sita roving through the trail from 8pm.
*Registrations now open to attend:
While the Moon Lantern Trail is FREE to attend, registrations are encouraged to guarantee admission for the desired day and time. Be sure to pre-register your attendance day and time to guarantee admission, along with priority queueing, and faster check-in during your visit.
Thursday 21 October 2021 | 5pm – 10pm
Friday 22 October 2021 | 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 23 October 2021 | 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 24 October 2021 | 12pm – 10pm
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MOON LANTERN TRAIL MAP
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.
What: Moon Lantern Trail | OzAsia Festival
When: Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 October 2021
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct | King William St, Adelaide
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: All photos by Play & Go
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