This third-annual spectacular features dozens of traditional Chinese lanterns that light up after the sun sets, such as cute panda bears riding on silky seesaws and a massive, 200-foot dragon that snakes its way across the park. New features this year include a sparkling fairy tree, a collection of endangered species, a walk-through great white shark tunnel and an elephant-centric exhibit that guests can power themselves by pedaling a bicycle. There’s also an itinerary of complementary events, such as Chinese acrobatic performers and handicraft workshops led by Chinese folk artists. The Dragon Beer Garden gives guests a chance to sip on beer, wine and cocktails and munch on Chinese-inspired nibbles as they wander through the display.
Hitting up Philadelphia festivals is one of the best things about this city in the summer. The mostly outdoor bashes extend from May to September, when Philadelphia parks are transformed into lively music fests and neighborhoods like Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital shut down their streets to host block parties and colorful cultural fetes. Summer festivals also give you a chance to try a variety of bars, restaurants and Philadelphia breweries, who often frequent these fests to provide sustenance to the hard-partying masses. We’ve covered all these bases in our guide to the best festivals in Philadelphia below, all separated by month so you can mark your calendar accordingly.
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