Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession

Flex your lantern-making skills at this year’s creative festival.

The start of school may mean less time for recreation, but you’ll want to make room in your schedule for Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession this weekend. With a new location at Dottie Harper Park, this free night of entertainment is sure to keep the whole family busy.

2010 festival-goers march in the lantern procession. Photo courtesy of Arts-A-Glow.

Founded in 2008, this magical evening in the forest will have lantern art and performers, face painting, tea leaf reading, and tea and treats to be sampled. You’ll be able to make your own lantern and join the procession at dusk (around 8 p.m.). Be sure to bring bells to play as you walk in the procession to make beautiful music. A special surprise performance you won’t want to miss is even planned for after the procession.

The lineup of performers includes harp music by Jini O’Flynn at 5 p.m., Magical Strings at 6:30 p.m., and Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders at 8:45 p.m.

One of the many ornate lanterns is displayed at the festival in 2010. Photo courtesy of Arts-A-Glow.

Kids will be able to make their own lanterns earlier in the day at Kids Day at the Burien Fire Station, or they can make a lantern at home! The festival’s website suggests that you get creative and recycle by making a lantern from glass jars, plastic water bottles, pie tins, paper bags or tin cans. When you’re done, try lighting your lantern with glow sticks or battery operated candles. You can find out more about the lantern artists here.

You’re in for a treat if you plan to join your community for some lantern fun this Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5-10 p.m.

Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival | 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011