Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens thru October

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival being held now through October 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild," a world of life-size illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingoes and more fauna from the world's seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China's center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid and arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls. It's Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's largest exhibition to date and hundreds of lanterns will fill more than 12 acres. Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Attendees will enjoy Kung Fu shows, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features Chinese folk art and crafts. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and raked sand. The garden is located at 6500 S. New Hope Road., Belmont, NC. For full details call 704-825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.