Confucius Wishing Lanterns

Confucius Wishing Lanterns

February 9, 2019 | 3:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: River Walk, 600 E. Market Street (river level)

Volunteer to help sell lanterns at the event, assistance is needed from 2:30 - 7 PM, click here to sign up. All volunteers receive a free lantern, meal, snacks and water.

Admission is free, and lanterns are $5 each and are sold at the event (or $5.25 in advance- sold online here). Please do not cast lanterns into the river before 6:30 pm

These key points will help you navigate the event like a pro:

  • If unsafe weather conditions prevent the event to be held on February 9th, then February 10th and February 17th have been reserved as backup dates. Please check to determine if the event date has been postponed. We will post reschedule information no later than February 9th at Noon. As of 2/8/2019 at 6pmwe have no plans to reschedule this event. 
  • Lanterns sales open on event day, 3pm-8pm or until sold-out
  • Lanterns may be launched beginning at 6:30pm. Please don’t launch before!
  • 5 lantern selling areas with a total of 44 selling lanes (see map for locations)
  • Bring cash, small bills, Lanterns are $5 each (no tax)
  • Only 1 credit card lane offered at each of the 5 selling stations
  • 1 Dedicated Will Call station (with 6 lanes) for pick-up of pre-ordered lanterns (see map, 368 E. Market Street, opposite Hemisfair Park). Pre-purchased lanterns are not shipped
  • 5 decoration stations located on River Level. Please return markers after using so others may enjoy
  • Bathrooms available under the Convention Center glass skywalk bridge. Multiple street level port-o-lets (restrooms) have been added around ticket sales areas.
  • Launch area has quadrupled from last year (see map)
  • Elevator access from street level to river level is available in the Convention center near ticket sales, Shops at Rivercenter, and at Alamo and Commerce Street (near the Torch of Friendship) See event map
  • Event map marked for nearby city garages.
  • Come downtown early – make a day of it!
  • From 5-6pm only Asian entertainment will be held in the Shops at Rivercenter lagoon from courtesy of UTSA’s Confucius Institute and in Convention Center Lagoon
  • 30,000 lanterns are available plus 4,000 illuminated butterfly sticks
  • To locate the event on the River Walk use one of two addresses to find the event location. The first is Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (600 E Market St.) - the event will be held in the entire convention center lagoon area this year (larger area to launch and view). The second launch location is now at the Shops at Rivercenter (849 E. Commerce St)
  • The event will be held in rain or cold weather (covered areas are available)

Enjoy the Parade of Lanterns event, February 9-23, from 7:00-9:00 PM each night. Our river parade boats will carry enormous illuminated lanterns throughout the downtown portion of the River Walk.

Confucius Wishing Lanterns