The Milwaukee area is a little brighter, and a lot more colorful, this October. For the first time, "China Lights" has brought their International tour to Cream City. Boerner Botanical Gardens has been turned into an Asian wonderland with lantern sculptures, art, performances, and Chinese cuisine.
The event is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings through October 30. You'll definitely want to be there by 6:25pm when the parade to light the lanterns commences. This is followed by stage performances, including Tibetan dance, Bian Lian (face changing) an ancient Chinese art form from the Sichuan opera, Chinese fashion featuring the Qipao, and traditional Chinese dance. In addition to viewing the lanterns and the performances you can also shop for souvenirs and in the Marketplace.
There are just two more weekends left for this beautiful event. This weekend will highlight the importance of tea to the Chinese culture, and the closing weekend will feature giveaways and tours.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (60+) and children (5 - 17). Goldstar has discounted tickets for $7.50 - $12.50 (free signup). For complete details visit chinalights.org.
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