Feast of Lanterns
July 24 - 28, 2013
A tradition lasting for over a century, the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns is a community celebration. This event in Pacific Grove, now spread over two weekends, includes a lantern pageant, children's activities, and a pet parade. Local high school students are named to the "Royal Court" and receive an academic scholarship.
Schedule of Events
On Wednesday, July 24th join the Royal Court for the Opening Ceremony and refreshments at Chautauqua Hall an noon. Live entertainment is provided by Gordon Coleman, The Monarch Handbells and Rockstar Dance Studio.
Thursday, July 25th will celebrate "Feast of Flavors." This event will feature dishes from several local restaurants and will be served buffet style from 11am-1pm.The food frenzy takes place at Chautauqua Hall and tickets are $10.
On Friday, July 26th, enjoy the Feast of Lanterns Pet Parade. Pets will march the streets of Lighthouse Avenue beginning at 2:30pm. Also on Friday, dance with the Royal Court at Chautauqua Hall during the Dance Party at 6pm.
Saturday, July 27th is Pageant Day at Lover's Point Beach beginning at 11am. The day will include children's activities, food booths, a sand castle contest and the pageant beginning at 7:45pm.
Sunday, July 29th will conclude the Feast of Lanterns Festival. The closing ceremony will take place at 2pm at Chautauqua Hall.
Where to Stay
Pacific Grove has a range of full-service hotels, quaint inns, and personality-filled motels, many of which are located within an easy walk of the Feast of Lanterns events.