Lantern Festivals at the End of March

Since moving to California, I have always heard of “Lantern Festivals”, and I have yet gone to one. It is definitely on my list to do this month as there are so many happening at the end of March, and I cannot wait. This would be the perfect outing for a date, or even as a family event as kids can participate too!

There are a few different Water Lantern Festivals happening at the end of the month. The First one happens on March 23rd in Santee, CA from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The specific location is given when tickets are bought, however an approximate location is the Santee Lakes. There will be food, live entertainment and of course a beautiful sky twinkling with light filled lanterns. Tickets can be purchased at 

The second location just so happens to be in San Diego. However, on a different date, March 30th. This event is a little bit longer as it goes from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. In San Diego you will be able to watch thousands of lanterns light up the waters of San Diego. Address: 6350 College Grove Dr, San Diego, CA 92115 – Tickets: 

The last location is in Newport Beach. It is on the same date as the San Diego event, March 30th. This event starts one hour later though, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. There will also be dozens of food vendors, live music and entertainment prior to the lantern launch. The launch takes place at this event at sunset. And kids do get in for FREE! What better way is there than to spend the weekend with your family? Address: 1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 – Tickets: