Tickets for Morikami’s Lantern Festival to go fast
The Morikami Museum’s hottest ticket this fall belongs to its Lantern Festival, its annual parade of fireworks and paper lanterns returning Oct. 20 to Delray Beach.
Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon typically draws more than 5,000 people to the botanical garden.
Planning to light up the night at Morikami? Here’s a primer on one of the museum’s most popular festivals. How hot are these tickets? The Morikami Museum’s Lantern Festival sold out within 12 hours in 2016, and in less than two hours last year. Tickets will go on sale 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, via Morikami’s website, so be sure to keep refreshing the page for your best chance at admission. Who or what is Obon? Obon is a 500-year-old Japanese-Buddhist custom that features a dance, known as Bon-Odori, to honor the spirits of family ancestors. To honor the dead, visitors can inscribe personal messages on hundreds of candlelit lanterns and set them adrift on the lake behind the Morikami. What activities are there? Other diversions will include traditional folk dancing and taiko drumming performances and the Ennichi Street Fair, which will feature family-friendly games and food vendors offering teriyaki chicken, noodles and other Japanese dishes. Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon will take place 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, in Delray Beach. 561-495-0233 or Morikami.org. firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-356-4364