Light up the lake at the magical Water Lantern Festival, coming to Central New York.

The Syracuse Inner Harbor will be filled with lanterns for one night only. The Water Lantern Festival is coming on Saturday, June 17.

“This Water Lantern Festival creates a beautiful and unique way to share your hopes, dreams, and aspirations,” said Nate Sorensen, Event Director. “It’s a night that you will never forget.”

Credit - Water Lantern Festival
Credit - Water Lantern Festival

Water Lantern Festival

Gates at the Inner Harbor will open at 6 PM for an evening of music, fun, and food trucks. At 8:30 PM, everyone will begin to design their lanterns for the lighted launch from 9 to 10 PM.

All lanterns will be cleaned up after the event by our awesome staff. In addition, we pick up any trash that may have previously been in or around the water. The lanterns are made from rice paper and wood so they are as eco-friendly as possible and we reuse and recycle the LED candles.

Credit - Water Lantern Festival
Credit - Water Lantern Festival

Syracuse Water Lantern Festival Tickets

$55.99 day of

Each adult ticket comes with:

  • Wristband for entry into the festival area with access to food trucks
  • Floating lantern kit
  • LED candle
  • Commemorative drawstring bag
  • Marker
  • Playing Cards
  • Conversation Cards
  • Lantern retrieval and water clean up
Credit - Water Lantern Festival
Credit - Water Lantern Festival

New York Water Lantern Fest Stops

The festival also makes stops in Buffalo on July 8, Rochester on August 12, and Albany on July 28. It may be coming to Utica too. The website TBD 2023.

Get your tickets and more details at

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Gates open at 11:30 AM and the music begins at noon. After Russell Dickerson performs, you can head to Syracuse to light up the lake.

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