China Lights Festival
Through Oct. 22, Tues.–Sun. from 5:30–10pm China Lights fills the Botanical Gardens with a celebration of Asian culture, featuring 40 larger-than-life sculptural lantern displays. From a three-foot baby panda in Panda World to a three-story Chinese palace pagoda, 1,000 sculptural components have been created on-site by more than 30 artists from China. Welded metal frames covered in fabric emerge as flowers, peacocks, cranes, butterflies, archways—all LED-lit-from-within lanterns. A nearly 200-foot-long dragon is a crowd-pleaser. Asian food available for purchase includes Asian cucumber salad, Peking Duck spring rolls, Mongolian beef and apple pie eggrolls. chinalights.org Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Dr.