Lantern Festival offers break for students


Photo by Karissa Berg

Giant Chinese lantern displays at Riverfront Park.

By Lelia Thatcher, Staff Writer

While there is not always much to do in Cheney, a quick trip to Spokane provides many options.

Currently, the Chinese Lantern Festival at Riverfront Park may be able to give students a break from the stress of school.

It is open from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday now through Nov. 1.

The festival is a walk-through experience featuring 31 giant lantern displays throughout the park.

Admission is $17 for adults, which some students have said is too pricey for what is offered. EWU student Ross Henrichs said, “It is only worth going if you go at the right time, when they have the best performances, food and exhibits.”

Performances are at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The performances include 5 of 7 possible acts each night: face-changing, hulusi, Chinese dance, gongfu tea ceremony, rola-bola, tai chi and wushu.

There are two cultural exhibits about Terra Cotta Army Soldiers and the San Xingdui civilization, as well as arts and crafts exhibits featuring palm fiber weaving, paper-cutting, painting, calligraphy and more, according to the festival’s website.

Thursday through Saturday, authentic Chinese cuisine will be available for $25 and discounted admission. There is also limited seating at the “Chef’s Table” for $100 which includes watching the team cook, special servings and free admission. Every night there is Asian food, pizza, kettle corn and espresso drinks available for purchase onsite.