Moonlight Forest - Lantern Art Festival at the Los Angeles Arboretum | 2018

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  • Start: Jan 01 2019 17:30
  • Finish: Jan 01 2019 22:00
  • Time zone: America/Los_Angeles
This fall the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden invites you to the Moonlight Forest, an unforgettable evening experience of art, culture, and discovery. Masterfully crafted lanterns beckon you into our botanic gardens. Some depict beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and intriguing figures from Chinese legends. Live performances at timed intervals feature “bian lian” face changers, jugglers, and traditional dances. Food trucks and bars offer a variety of cultural tastes and drinks for purchase. An evening of dazzling color and magic awaits!The Moonlight Forest will delight children, families, and the young-at-heart with an opportunity to experience the garden in a new light. The magnificent lanterns reflect three themes; Nature, Children’s Garden, and Chinese Culture, all of which embrace the mission and communities of the Arboretum. Created by skilled artisans from China’s Sichuan province, the Arboretum has partnered with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. to celebrate the time-honored tradition of lantern art.  
Presented by the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.
Tickets are dated and timed. FREE PARKING during the festival is available on Arboretum lots. 
We provide additional free parking on high attendance days. When the Arboretum lots are full, please follow staff directions and signage to additional parking lots with free shuttles.  
If you have arrived at Moonlight Forest with pre-purchased tickets you will be admitted to the festival regardless of your arrival time.
Entry times: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM (closes at 10:00 PM)
Please see FAQ below before purchasing tickets. 
Arboretum members are eligible for a 15% discount! If you are an Arboetum member please contact Aboretum membership office at 626.821.3233 or to get your discount code.
Thanks to our Lotus level sponsors: 

Longo Toyota-Lexus

Merrill LynchBank of America Corporation
Tito's Handmade Vodka

Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions and important festival information. 


What are the days and hours of operation of Moonlight Forest 2018?  Dates: October 26, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday:  5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Entry times: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM (closes at 10:00 PM)
How much are tickets?Wednesday – Thursday: Adult $25, Children (ages 3-17) $20, Senior (62+) $23Friday – Sunday: Adult $28, Children (ages 3-17) $23, Senior (62+) $25
Where is Moonlight Forest Located?Moonlight Forest is located at Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia.
I am a Los Angeles Arboretum member; do I have to pay?Los Angeles Arboretum Members are eligible for a 15% discount on their ticket purchase for a limited time.
May I become a member and then be eligible for the discount?Yes.  Sign up to become a member here:
How do I purchase tickets?You can purchase your tickets online via Eventbrite.
Is there a limit to how many tickets I may purchase as an Arboretum Member?Yes, there is a total 6 ticket limit per purchase whether you are a member or not. You may make more than one purchase.
Is there parking at the event?There is limited parking on site. PARKING IS FREE. Street parking IS NOT available at any time. We highly recommend you use a rideshare service such as LYFT or UBER. 
We provide additional free parking on high attendance days. When the Arboretum lots are full, please follow staff directions and signage to additional parking lots with free shuttles.
Where do I park?FREE PARKING is available at three different parking lots at the Arboretum at all times during the festival. Parking staff will direct you to the next lot or additional lots (on days available) as they are filled.
1-Main Lot
2-South Lot
3-Depot Lot
What is the parking charge?Parking at the Arboretum and additional Moonlight Forest lots is free. 
Do you have discounts?
Yes, for Arboretum members. Find out how to become a member here:
Special discounts and promotional codes may be announced on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter platforms.
Group sales for community organizations, companies, and private parties are available. Please contact  or call (626) 821-3222 for more information.
What if I can’t use my ticket?
Moonlight Forest tickets and Arboretum memberships are not refundable. In the event you are unable to use your ticket, please consider your purchase a donation to the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID 95-1582650. Moonlight is a rain or shine event.
I am late for the time I purchased my ticket for. Can I still enter the festival? 
In order to provide you with the best Moonlight experience, entry is granted based on the time designated on your tickets, rather than when you arrive at the festival. For the 7pm entry, you will be allowed to enter 15 minutes prior to that time, no earlier.  If you arrive later than your ticketed time, you will be admitted.   
Can I change the date of my tickets?
Choose your date carefully! If you are not able to attend your initial date you can still change the date of your tickets. Please note regular transaction fees apply to transfers.Instructions for changing ticket dates are available here.
Can I see the Moonlight Forest both during the day and at night with one ticket purchase? Moonlight Forest is an event with live performances and light installations that are best viewed at night. Moonlight Forest admissions start at 5:30 PM. 
If you visit the Arboretum during the day regular admission prices apply. The Arboretum is open 8am to 5pm daily. 
Can I touch the lanterns on display? The lanterns are considered works of art. Please do not touch, sit or climb on the displays.  
How long is the walk-through Moonlight Forest? The exhibition route is a gentle mile long and takes about 1.5 hours to walk through.If you like to stay for a drink or a quick bite after your visit check out the food trucks and multiple bars we have at the festival site. 
Is there ADA access at the Moonlight Forest?It is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility assistance devices. 
I am a member of a reciprocal garden through the American Horticultural Society. Do I receive the member discount? No, only Arboretum members receive the special evening discount. 
Is there food and drinks? May I bring food from outside? There are a variety of food trucks, food stands and bars at the festival site.
Outside food and beverages are not permitted.  
May I take photos?  Yes, we encourage you to take photos – use the hashtag #MoonlightForestLA.  For commercial or portrait photographers, please see our photography policy page.  While waiting for that perfect shot please do not block pathways or the view of others. Photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes.  
May I bring a pet to Moonlight Forest? No.  The Arboretum does not allow animals, except for ADA-designated service animals. No bikes or running please, as this is a walking event only.  
Am I allowed to smoke during Moonlight Forest? Smoking is not permitted in the exhibition or anywhere in the Arboretum grounds.