The 24th Illuminares Lantern Festival is a unique, creative, family-friendly evening presented by the Public Dreams Society and it returns to Trout Lake this month.
Head to Trout Lake (John Hendry Park at Victoria Drive & East 15th) on Saturday, July 21st to pick up a lantern or attend a workshop where you can make your own. Admission is a $5 donation to the society and the event will run from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Food vendors will be on site but you can also bring your own picnic.
There will be interactive performances, artists, entertainment, and hopefully thousands in attendance to light up the night by lantern. The traditional procession will go around the lake at 9:45pm, simply follow a band and you’ll be lead to the finale point — which involves a 30-person fire show presented by Radiant Heat at 10:15pm.
Walking, cycling, or taking transit is highly recommended and parking will not be available. The park is accessible on bus routes and is between Commercial Drive/Broadway and Nanaimo SkyTrain stations.
Leading up to Illuminares, you can attend a lantern-making workshop at Trout Lake Community Centre starting today, and every day until the main event on July 21st. Stop by from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on weekdays and from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll learn to create various styles of lantern from simple jars to intricate bamboo and paper. The cost is $5 to build small lantern, $10 for medium, and $15 for large.