NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Event Information

Weather Policy

All events are rain or shine.

Rain coats and ponchos are allowed for all events.  Umbrellas are not allowed for most events.  Please check the Items Allowed/Prohibited on the specific event page you are attending to see if umbrellas are allowed.

In the event of severe weather conditions (thunder/lightning, etc.) announcements will be made from the stage concerning the status of the event due to weather conditions. We ask all patrons to remain calm and listen for these announcements.

Information will be posted on the Amphitheatre Facebook and Twitter pages, at or call our weather Hotline at 919-459-8332 for updates before & during the event.

In the event of a weather delay please listen for the air horn in the parking lot as signal it is safe to re-enter the venue.  Please keep your ticket & have it ready when re-entering the gate.  Venue policy is no refunds or exchanges in the event of rain.

Additional Ticket Information



Any Night tickets are $20.00 each for all ages (Kids 2 & under are free and do not need ticket). Any Night tickets allows you the flexability to pick the night you want to attend (tickets are one time use only and cannot be used on multiple nights)!


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

CLF Weather Policy

The 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 or surface conditions. Patron safety is our top priority so in the best interest of our patrons, we may decide to close on nights we feel walking conditions are unsafe.

Tips On Planning Your Visit


Patrons will be walking through the venue to observe the light displays however there will be limited seating on the crescent deck for those that want to relax and take in the view! Venue food/beverage stands will be open selling holiday treats and beverages. Please note, the venue is not able to provide wheelchairs for patrons at this event. It takes most patrons about 45-75 minutes to view all of the displays.

  • Parking is free of charge.
  • Lines to purchase tickets at the Box Office on the night of & to enter the event may be long on Weekends, Holidays & Warm Weather Nights.
  • Gates open at 6:00pm, however you may arrive anytime between 6pm-9pm.  Event closes at 10:00pm
  • Patrons will walk through our outdoor venue to observe the lanterns.  
  • Plan for 45-75 minutes to view all light displays and enjoy the live cultural performances.
  • The total walkthrough is approximately ½ mile.
  • There will be limited seating on the crescent deck for those that want to relax and take in the view!
  • Venue food/beverage stands will be open selling holiday treats and beverages on the Crescent Deck. 
  • Please note, the venue is not able to provide wheelchairs for patrons at this event, but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Pets are not allowed.

Cultural performances will take place on the stage several times throughout the evening, weather permitting.

Group Pricing

You must have 20 or more to qualify as a group!

You must go directly through our group coordinator to receive this pricing.  Purchasing online will result in paying additional processing fees. 

Group discounts are offered Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday.  NO discounts will be offered during blackout period December 20th - January 1st.


Adults 13 & Older: $12.39 (includes taxes & fees)

Kids 3-12: $10.32 (includes taxes & fees)

We can accomidate buses, large groups, offer catering packages and private areas.

Looking for a handicap van to rent, call Van Products Mobility at 919- 238-4597 and they can assist you with transportation.  Use the promo code KOKA10 for a discount!


Reserve a Private Area

Upgrade Your Festival Experience.


Reserve a private area during the Chinese Lantern festival for your group outing.  Whether you’re a company, family or a group of friends, we will give you an experience to remember.   Groups are considered 20 or more people and specific days will offer a discount towards each ticket. 


  • Area will accomidate up to 60 people.
  • Covered/Tented space.
  • Heaters, chairs, tables and linens included.


Please contact Jessica at [email protected] or (919) 459-8319 for more information regarding availability, pricing and amenities.


Inquires on renting the venue during the NC Chinsese Lnatern Festival may also be directed to [email protected]




Items Allowed

Items Allowed:

  • Purses & Backpacks
  • Rain Coats & Ponchos
  • Umbrellas
  • 1 Bottle of factory sealed water (1 per person)
  • Empty re-usable non-glass water bottle up to 1 Liter. (1 per person)
  • Tablets, Cameras & Tripods
  • Go Pros, Audio or video recorders
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Strollers
  • Wheelchairs & Scooters

All bags, back packs, purses are subject to search.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items:

  • Balloons, Banners & Signs
  • Bikes/skateboards/Inline Skates
  • Blankets, Towels, Mats of any kind or Size
  • Brochures/Stickers/Handouts
  • Confetti/Glitter
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Fireworks/Sparklers of any kind
  • Food & Beverages
  • Grills & Open Flames (inside or outside the venue)
  • Hula Hoops
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Laser Pointers
  • Pets of any kind (Unless it’s a service Animal)
  • Tarps & Plastic sheeting
  • Tents/Staking
  • Weapons of Any Kind (Include but not limited to knives, guns, tasers, chains, studded/spiked jewelry)

Food & Beverage

  • Outside food and beverage is prohibited.
  • Venue Concession Stands will be open selling a variety of food, beverages & Holiday Treats.
  • Food Trucks may be onsite select nights.
    • Check our social posts about featured food trucks.


Koka Booth Amphitheatre has paved walkways throughout the venue & is Wheel Chair accessible. 

Please note: Koka Booth Amphitheatre is unable to provide Wheel Chairs for patrons to use. You may bring your own wheel chair or scooter in with you. 

Looking for a handicap accessible van to rent, call Van Products Mobility at 919-238-4597 and they can assist you with your transporation needs.  Use Promo Code KOKA10 for a 10% off discount!