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A Stunning New Lantern Festival Is Coming To Melbourne In April

By Ioana Dragnef
19th Mar 2019

If you’re feeling a bit gloomy about the dwindling sunlight situation, we’ve got something that might cheer you up. On the first weekend of April, the banks of the Yarra River will light up with all sorts of cool-looking lanterns that’ll probably propel your Instagram following to influencer levels. (Don’t hold us to it, though.)

Light Up Melbourne brings a world-class Chinese lantern showcase that’ll have you ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ during your entire Birrarung Marr stroll.

The festival will host a number of different large-scale lanterns, including an impressive centrepiece called the Eternal Dragon, which symbolises good fortune, strength and nobility.

And if ogling beautiful lanterns isn’t action-packed enough for you, then tell your stomach to calm down: it’ll have plenty of opportunities to chow down on some delectable eats during your stroll. After all, it’s not a lantern festival without tantalising Sichuanese treats, arts and cultural activities, entertainment and sideshow alley games.

Like with most Birrarung Marr-based activities, entry to Light Up Melbourne is totally free and will go from Saturday 6 April to Tuesday 9 April. Just make sure to bring some cash for snacks.

The Details

What: Light Up Melbourne
Where: Birrarung Marr
When: Saturday 6 April to Tuesday 9 April, hours may vary
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Image credit: supplied 

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