By Marilyn Bailey
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Lanterns in the Garden, a two-month display, in Fort Worth.
It’s the Year of the Pig, according to Chinese astrology. But in Fort Worth, it’s also shaping up to be the year of the lantern festival — a happy new development. First up is Lanterns in the Garden, a two-month event at Fort Worth Botanic Garden designed to brighten our spring. The walking tour will feature at least 20 sets of sizable, illuminated silk-and-steel Chinese lanterns, and will take 1-1½ hours to walk from beginning to end. In Asia, similar lantern festivals are a traditional way to celebrate the Chinese New Year; Vancouver has a notable one, too. This new ticketed event will help us learn more with interpretive texts detailing each design’s symbolism and meaning. Make it a destination some spring evening; the exhibit is open 6-10 p.m. March 9-31, and 7–11 p.m. April 4–May 12 (except for blackout dates April 26-27 and May 2-5). 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817–392-5510. Information and advance tickets at fwbg.org.
Want more pretty lights? Check out Fort Worth’s one-day Water Lantern Festival, which invites you to decorate a simple paper float with your design, then launch it on the Trinity River (all lanterns will be retrieved at the end; this is promoted as a leave-no-trace, sustainable event). Food trucks and music are on tap, too. 3:30-9:30 p.m. April 6. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., 817–698-0700. Tickets and information available at waterlanternfestival.com/fortworth.php.
The exhibit is open 6-10 p.m. March 9-31, and 7–11 p.m. April 4–May 12 (except for blackout dates April 26-27 and May 2-5). 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817–392-5510. Information and advance tickets at fwbg.org.