The Annual Lantern Festival Market is Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Lantern Festival Market

The Lantern Festival Market is back this year for another stunning showcase of Chinese culture, right in time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. This event in Cape Town is observed on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Lunisolar Chinese calendar and has evolved as one of the most important cultural events in Cape Town.

The Lantern Festival is globally known as a carnival, where everyone is welcome to participate and revel in the festivities. 

‘We began organising the Lantern Festival Market at Central Park in Century City in 2023, attracting over 3000 people from the local communities,’ says Dr. Iris Wu, market organiser. ‘This year, we aim to make it even bigger and attract more participants to celebrate with us.’

Lantern Festival Market

What’s on at the Lantern Festival Market this year

The lineup for this year’s market promises a relaxed day out for all and a great opportunity to learn more about the wonder of Chinese culture and chat with vendors about their produce and offerings. Taste your way through a range of traditional dishes and street food such as stir-fries, noodles, bubble tea, ice cream and other snacks and there is a drink stall serving beverages. Don’t miss the large collection of Chinese tea for both tasting and take-home. 

For wellness, explore ancient Chinese medicine while practitioners offer traditional treatments such as acupuncture which holds a great number of health benefits.  An exhibition and sale of Chinese art and calligraphy is also on show.

Let the kids run free with fun and exciting activities such as ring toss, jumping castle, live music, encounters with pets, and more.

Cost: Free entry

When: Saturday, 24 February from 10am to 5pm
Where: Central Park on Esplanade, Century City, Cape Town

Tel: 073 228 8677
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