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DRAGON LIGHTS - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated

June 30th - August 5thBUY TICKETS

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From June 30th - August 5th, DRAGON LIGHTS - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated comes to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Reno, NV with brand new light sculptures, exciting performances, fun and cultural experience!

Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc

Sunday to Thursday - 7:00 PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday - 7:00 PM to 11:00PM
at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden

MAGIC HOUR

Lanterns will be turned on at 8:30 PM nightly

CULTURE

The DRAGON LIGHTS - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated will light up the Reno with 39 larger-than-life illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans. Our team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making.

In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, the event will also offer food and beverages. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food, as well as assorted beverages.

Stage Performance Times

Sunday thru Thursday: 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM

Friday & Saturday: 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM

Performances are included in festival admission.

Chinese Lanterns

Dragon Lights - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated brings thrilling entertainment and ancient Chinese culture to life during this 6 week event.

Traditional Handicrafts

Visitors also get a chance to see how some of the most popular Chinese handicrafts are made at the festival. Handicraft demonstration this year includes name painting, crystal engraving and aluminum weaving.

Nightly Performances

Our Chinese performers have decades of experience and offer a glimpse of Chinese stage culture. Some traditional Chinese acts featured include: face changing, contortionist, Chinese Yo-Yo among others.

Asian Gourmet

Asian and American food are available for purchase in the festival. We are partnering with Jazmine Express and some other beloved local food vendors to make sure that our festival is not just a feast for your eyes but also for your stomach. Food vendors may change every night.

Guided Tour

FREE for all visitors at 7:30 PM nightly

Time Traveler Photo Booth

FREE for all visitors during all festival hours

FAQ

  • Where Is the event being held?

    The event is being held at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden within Rancho San Rafael Park at 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503.

  • What does the price of admission include?

    Admission includes entry into the festival for viewing all lanterns, authentic Chinese performances, and handicraft demonstrations. Merchandise and food are sold separately.
    There’s no park entry fee in the day time outside of festival hours.

  • Where can I buy tickets?

    Tickets are sold online on our website and at our box office at the festival. Box Office hours are from 6:30 – 9:30 pm nightly.

  • Is everything cash only?

    Of course not! We take both cash, debit and credit cards at the box office. Our merchandise and food vendors take cash, debit and credit card as well.

  • Is there parking available?

    Yes, there are ADA parking available at the arboretum/festival entrance. Shuttle bus will be arranged. For detailed shuttle bus information please call – 888-484-2698.

  • Are there any discount available?

    Yes! Senior citizens, Military personnel (active or veteran), Colleague Students and Members of May Arboretum Society enjoy discounts on Sunday through Thursday.
    To become a member May Arboretum Society, please click here.

  • What are the festival hours?

    The festival in open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday; Festival is open from 7:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Last ticket sold 30 minutes before the festival ends every night.

  • What are the nightly stage performance schedule and what is that about?

    We have two live stage shows Sunday through Thursday, first show at 8:00 pm and the second show at 9:00 pm. There is an extra show on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 pm. Show schedule might be changed or cancelled depending on weather.
    Our visitors can expect various traditional Chinese acrobat acts at our nightly performances.

  • Is this an indoor or outdoor event?

    This is an outdoor walk-through event. The festival is open rain or shine, but under inclement weather it may be closed for the day. Please check our website, social media page or call us before you come visit.

  • What’s your ticket policy?

    Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door. All tickets are only good for a specific date. All ticket sales are final, and no refund will be provided. In case of inclement weather when the festival must be cancelled or closed early, rain checks will be offered.
    You may transfer or re-sell your ticket off site from the festival.

  • Anything prohibited to bring to the event?

    No pets, large moving vehicles, or weapons will be allowed.
    Outside food or beverage are not allowed into the festival.
    General park Rules and Regulations of Washoe County applies. For detailed information please click here.

  • Can I take photos or film videos of the lanterns?

    Yes definitely. We encourage people to take pictures and film videos for the festival.
    Any commercial photography with clients must obtain permit from the county, please refer to the county website for more information on permits.
    No drones are allowed.

  • Do I have to print my online tickets?

    We can scan the ticket off your phone, but it is recommended that you print your tickets. You can print it on both sides!

  • How accessible is it for ADA people?

    This is a walk-through event, but we will have enough seating in the festival; people can bring in wheelchairs and scooters, and the walking path is very accessible for people of all ages to walk.

  • Do you have wheelchairs for rent?

    We will have a limited number of wheelchairs for rent on a first come first serve basis. You are also allowed to bring your own wheelchairs or scooters.

TICKETS

Tickets are available online or at the door, advance purchase is recommended. All tickets are date and time specific.

$17 ADULTS

16 - 59

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$12 CHILD

6-15

(kids 5 and under free) BUY TICKETS
$12 MILITARY

ID Required

*valid Sunday to Thursday BUY TICKETS
$12 SENIOR

60+

*valid Sunday to Thursday BUY TICKETS
$12 COLLEGE STUDENT

with valid college student ID

*valid Sunday to Thursday BUY TICKETS
$45 Family 4-Pack (2 adults and 2 children only) BUY TICKETS
$50 Season Pass Unlimited Entry for One Adult BUY TICKETS
May Arboretum Society Member Discount

$5 off on all ticket prices

Become a member today! BUY TICKETS

Group Sales:

Discounted group rates are available for groups with 15 or more guests.

$2 off/person

Please contact tickets@tianyuculture.com for group ticket sales.

May Arboretum Society Member Discount $5 off on all ticket prices

*all discount tickets are only valid from Sunday thru Thursday

Onsite Box Office Hours:

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Sunday through Thursday
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday

CONTACT

Dragon Lights - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated

1595 N. Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503

For event, sponsorship and vendor inquiry
(888) 484-2698

For media request and inquiry
Mikaila Bird

(775) 686-7805