The Lights Water Fest Adelaide | Floating Lantern Festival

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The Lights Water Lantern Festival Adelaide

An event for thousands of families, friends and foodies along with live music, dancing, and the floating of water lanterns.

Editor’s Note:

Unfortunately due to major tour and scheduling delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will NOT be held on 26 September 2020.  They are working hard to reschedule all postponed events so follow the event’s Facebook page for updates.  We will also update this listing as soon as new dates are scheduled.

The Lights Water Fest

The Lights Water Fest is an experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on great food and light up life by sharing personal wishes, dreams and goals. At the perfect moment, everyone will gather at the banks of water and send their led candle lantern into the blue lagoon of hope. It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single lantern floats with thousands of others.

Lights Fest are dedicated to leaving a positive impact on the environment and everyone who attends their events. This is an event that is for everyone but cultivates individual experiences. Whether you’re commemorating or celebrating, you can create a special memory that will last a lifetime.


Lights Fest take great pride in ensuring the safety of their participants. They use non-standard, customised lanterns that are made from non-flammable and biodegradable materials, aiding in the protection of the participants and the environment. Any child under the age of 16 cannot light the lantern without supervision from a parent or guardian.

They never produce or take part in any event without the help of local fire departments. The Lights Festival will not authorise the launch of lanterns if wind speeds exceed 15 miles-per-hour.

All lanterns are biodegradable (asbestos-free) and Eco-friendly. The Lights Fest uses no metal wiring, nor any materials that could bring harm to the environment.

There are also dedicated cleanup crews, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the event.

All participants must sign a waiver, and agree to all rules and regulations:

  • No outside lanterns will be allowed in the event space.
  • The Lights Fest has created biodegradable lanterns with a limited burn time and flame retardant. Without these characteristics, prohibited lanterns can pose a fire hazard to surrounding areas.
  • No launching lanterns before the authorised time.
  • No alcohol will be permitted at the event.
  • No outside weapons or harmful materials will be allowed in The Lights Festival area.

Tickets will go on sale once a date is announced. To give an idea of cost, in other states ticket prices were $37 (Ages 13+) & $17 (Ages 4 – 12 yrs)

See the Lights Water Fest Facebook page here

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Lights Fest website.

What:   Lights Water Fest Adelaide


Where:   War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

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: Lights Fest Facebook & website


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