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Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival 2015 at the Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo’s Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival is Here!illuminasia calgary zoo logo calgary alberta event activity

An experience unlike any other” is the first thing that you see when visiting the Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival section on the Calgary Zoo’s website.

Unless you’ve been to Illuminasia in Blackpool, United Kingdom – the world’s largest indoor illumination experience – then this statement will likely hold true for anyone visiting this fall in YYC and is one great reason why you and company should consider going!

Located at the Calgary Zoo, Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival is a six-week long event starting September 17th, 2015, running through until November 1st, 2015.

During that time there are three themed shows scheduled: China, Japan and India, each with their own unique set of never-seen-before in Calgary lanterns, as well as other included and separate-ticketed events that include everything from cultural performances to culinary adventures and more!

Quick Facts

  • When – September 17th to November 1st, 2015
  • Where – Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • Cost – from $18.00 to $65.00 depending on ticket (+$5.00 parking)
  • Hours – Thursday to Saturday – 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunday – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Contact – 403-232-9300


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China (September 17th – 27th)chinese flag illuminasia calgary zoo event 2015

During the China Experience event, live entertainment will be on centre stage at Grazers Lawn found just across the way from the ENMAX Conservatory from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday to Saturday and 7:00pm to 8:00pm Sunday. This entertainment is absolutely free for all park visitors and includes:

  • Chinese Lion Dancers & Drummers
  • Phoenix Artistic Troupe & Guests
  • Guest #1 – Dlabolo
  • Guest #2 – Bella and Umbrella

If you are looking for a more extensive experience during the China weeks, check out these separate ticketed events (all 18+):

  • Pair it and Share it – Tea and Chocolate – $80.00 per person
  • Chinese Culinary Experience – $147.00 per person

Japan (October 1st – 11th)japanese flag cherry blossoms red sun illuminasia event

Similar to China, there will also be live Japanese entertainment at Grazers Lawn across from the ENMAX Conservatory every night from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday to Saturday and 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Sunday. It is also free for all visitors and will include performances:

  • Sake Ceremony
  • Kenichi Ebina
  • Paula Nieckar, Taiko Drumming
  • Atsushi Ono, Magician

Meanwhile, ticketed events are also available during the Japan weeks and include:

  • Zen and a Cup of Tea – $145.00
  • Japanese Culinary Experience – $147.00

India (October 15th – 25th)india flag illuminasia fall event calgary alberta zoo

The 11 day India event will also feature nightly entertainment at Grazers Lawn across from the ENMAX Conservatory from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday to Saturday and 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Sundays. Shows will include:

  • Sparq Productions (Bollywood entertainment)

Those looking for a more thorough Indian experience should check out these ticketed events:Your Source Best in Calgary Alberta

  • From Chai to G & Tea – $80.00
  • Indian Culinary Experience – $147.00

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