VIP (Very Important Panda) Tour Experience

VIP (Very Important Panda) TOUR

Want to know more about how the lanterns are made and how they make their way from China to North Carolina? Why not take a North Carolina Chinese Lantern VIP Tour. For approximately 45 minutes a CLF Tour Guide will walk you through the festival and share insider information on how this magnificent festival comes to be each season. Learn more about the tiny village where the lanterns are handmade and the rich history and meaning of Lantern Festivals throughout China.


  • Reservations are required for VIP Tours as we will limit crowds.
  • Tours will begin at 4:30pm and take place Mondays only, excluding holidays.
  • Save Time and Money – Buy Your Tickets in Advance either online or at our Box Office. 
  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a cashless venue.  All points of sale will accept credit or debit only. 
  • Pack Light. The Venue has a size limit on bags and a strict bag policy.
  • For your safety - No weapons are allowed in the venue 



Ticketing Information

Ticket prices:

  • $35.00* For Ages 13 & Older
  • $20.00* Kids ages 3-12. 
  • Kids 2 & under free. No tickets needed.
  • Any Night Tickets are NOT Valid for this expierence.
  • No discounts.  Tickets will be date and time specific. Max of 10-12 ppl per VIP guided tour.

* Prices listed do not include convienience fees.

*Tickets for Booth Amphitheatre events are subject to applicable taxes and fees. Unless otherwise stated, posted prices include a 7.25% NC Sales & Use tax.

Bag Policy

To expedite entry into our events, Koka Booth Amphitheatre has enhanced its public safety policies regarding bags and purses allowed in the venue including clear bags. Clear bags are easily searched and significantly reduce faulty bag searches. They also support the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. Our goal is to create a safe experience for all guests and staff.

To expedite entry into the festival, we recommend packing as light as possible. We encourage guests to leave bags/purses at home.

Look for our “No Bag line” at the main entrance. 

Types of bags allowed:

  • Small Clutch Purses no larger 4.5" x 6.5"
  • Clear Bags no larger than 12" x 12" x 9"
  • Medical, Parenting, & Camera Bags

All bags are subject to search.    

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Food & Beverage Policy

For this event, guests are NOT allowed to bring in outside food & beverages (Except factory-sealed bottled water - No Glass bottles or containers of any kind). 

Concessions will be open selling a variety of food and beverages during each event.  Please click HERE to learn more about our delicious offerings.

Items Allowed

To expedite entry into the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, we recommend packing as light as possible. 

We recommend no bags. However, if bags must be brought in:

  • Clear Bags no larger than 12" x 12" x 9"
    Medical, Parenting, & Camera Bags
    Small Clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"
  • All bags are subject to search.                                                                     


  • Factory Sealed Bottled water (2 per person - No glass/canned or flavored water)
  • Cameras, tripods & selfie sticks
  • Tablets
  • Blankets
  • Raincoats
  • Ponchos
  • Strollers
  • Scooters and/or Wheelchairs for our guests with disabilities
  • Umbrellas

Please Note: All guests pass through metal detectors for most events. If metal detectors are not in use, security will be wanding individuals.

Items Prohibted

Prohibited items will need to be returned to the guest's vehicle before entering.  

Please leave the following items at home: 

  • Alcohol                                                                                                 
  • Backpacks
  • Bags (Unless clear & approved size) 
  • Balloons, Banners & Signs 
  • Brochures/Stickers/Handouts     
  • Confetti/Glitter                                                                          
  • Coolers of any kind                                                                       
  • Drones                                                
  • Fireworks
  • Food & Beverages (Except Bottled water) 
  • Glass Bottles of any kind                                                
  • Grills & Open Flames                                            
  • Illegal Drugs                                      
  • Laser Pointers                                   
  • Lawn chairs                                      
  • Mats of any kind, including yoga mats                                                 
  • Noise Makers                                    
  • Pets of any kind (Excluding service animals)                                      
  • Purses larger than 4.5’ x 6.5”
  • Sporting equipment                        
  • Tables of any size                                           
  • Tarps, plastic sheeting                   
  • Tents/Stakes                                                       
  • Wagons/Carts                                  
  • Weapons of Any Kind (Including but not limited to knives, guns, tasers, chains, studded/spiked jewelry)                                                                                        


GENERAL PARKING: Parking is free of charge in Amphitheatre-owned lots. 

ACCESSIBLE PARKING: A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis with the proper hang tag or license plate.

BUSES: Please contact us at 919-462-2025 ahead of time if your group is arriving on a bus of any size.  We need to be able to plan to accommodate bus drop off, pick-ups & parking if needed.

Stage Performances

Nightly performances take place on the main stage at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm!

The performances are the same each time and are included in the price of the ticket.

Tips on Planning Your Visit

Tips on planning your visit:

  • VIP Tour Tickets MUST be purchase in advance of the date of the event.  Sales will cut off 5 days before the date of the event.  
  • Please pack as light as possible when attending the festival. 
  • Please review the items allowed & prohibited before arriving. 
  • Venue food & beverage stands will be open selling holiday treats. 

Weather Policy

This event will go on Rain or Shine HOWEVER please visit our website, social media, or call our weather hotline 919-459-8332 in the case of extreme weather conditions and/or slippery road/surface conditions.

Patron safety is our top priority. In the best interest of our guests, we may decide to close on nights we feel walking conditions are unsafe.


The venue is not able to provide wheelchairs for patron use. Guests with disabilities may bring in a wheelchair or scooter to use for the event. These are the only type of scooters allowed.

Venue walkways are paved and are wheelchair accessible.