A sea of twinkling lights drifting across the horizon - a beauty that no words can truly describe. This October, Floridians can release their own twinkling lantern into the water at the Spring Hill Water Lantern Festival.
The festival will take over Sunwest Park from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th, offering a day full of fun before you release your lantern to dance across the bay.
Multiple food trucks will be on-site serving up your typical festival fare - both savory and sweet. You'll also have a chance to participate in fun games and activities, as well as shop multiple vendors. Don't forget the toe-tappin' tunes thumpin' throughout the entire day.
Before you can release your lantern, you've got to personalize it of course! Put your intention of hope, peace, unity, goodwill or whatever you're feeling in the moment into your design - then release your stunning work of art off on a twinkling journey of beauty, light, and purpose. Lantern release is from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
With concern for our ever fragile ecosystems, each lantern is 100% eco-friendly, made with rice paper and wood; at the end of the event, staff work to clean lanterns from the waterway, using a buoy system that catches them and contains them at the end of the canal for easy removal.
Tickets are $30 in advance until September 30th, 2019, or $35 for late purchase. The ticket price includes your lantern & a marker for decorating, a wristband, a commemorative drawstring bag, and covers the cost of clean up post-festival. Bring extra colors to really make your lantern extra perfect!
A day full of fun activities and music topped off with a dazzling display of dancing, twinkling lanterns - what a beautiful way to spend a Saturday in October. Bring your boo and it becomes a spontaneous, romantic, and cute date night.
If you need your festival fix before the water lantern fest, Florida's Largest Hot Sauce Festival is in September - or go ahead and take a spontaneous day trip to one of the clearest blue springs in the entire Sunshine State.
A full overview of the water lantern festival's details can be seen below.
Spring Hill Water Lantern Festival
Price: $30/person until 9/30/19 - $35 if purchasing closer to the event.
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019; 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Gates open at 4 p.m.
Lantern launching is from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Address: Sunwest Park - 17362 Old Dixie Hwy Hudson, FL 34667
Why You Need To Go: Decorate your own water lantern and release into the water for a stunning display of light and color. A beautiful date night idea and perfect for letting go and sending your worries out onto the water. Food trucks, activities, and music will also be available.