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Indianapolis Water Lantern Festival 2022

Immerse into a magical nighttime experience of lanterns on water


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Water Lantern Festival, voted the Best Cultural Festival in North America by the USA Today readers in 2019, is held in over 100 cities across the United States and Canada. In Indianapolis, it's held at Military Park near White River State Park. Water Lantern Festival is all about peace, helping, connections, and the magical experience of nighttime lantern launch on the water. Besides that, the festival includes food, live music, and entertainment.

Before lanterns are released into the Canal, festival participants will fave a chance to enjoy delicious snacks from food trucks and music, starting from 5:30 pm. At 8:30, people can start working on designing their lanterns and filling them with their personal messages. Finally, the impressive launch ceremony will be held from 9 to 10 pm. The sight of thousands of people "lighting the water" will surely stay in your memories for a long time.

Environmentally-friendly lanterns, equipped with LED lights, are carrying messages of love, happiness, and hope. Watch thousands of sparkles illuminating the canal and connecting with others. After the ceremony, all lanterns are retrieved, so no trace is left in the environment.

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