Couple Lighting Lantern

LanternFest Dallas: Weather Did Not Cooperate, Still Great Event

LanternFest Dallas, 2017 was this past weekend, March 4, 2017, in Ennis, Texas. This organization worked hard to structure this event, and was prepared for an amazing time. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and it could have been better, but that was out of their control. It is my understanding that there will be another LanternFest at this same location in November. We will get more details to our followers when we know more. People in Texas also have more opportunities to catch LanternFest this year: South Padre Island on September 22 and 23, and Austin on September 30. Please see the complete schedule for the rest of the year, at the end of this post.

Texas Umbrellas
Texans trying to stay dry and warm

To keep festival-goers happy and entertained, there were activities all through the afternoon and evening on Saturday. There was food and drink available, as well as live singers. Sam was our “master of ceremonies,” and he kept everyone updated with all that was available and kept things on a positive note. There was a hula-hoop contest, jugglers, and line dancing with an instructor there to teach the steps. There was face painting, and Disney princesses mingling through the grounds, offering photo opportunities for the kids. Every attendee was given a kit with ingredients for s’mores, so that when it came time to light the fire pits, delicious treats could be made and enjoyed. Each kit also included a marker, so that words or designs could be written on the lanterns.

Disney Princesses
Photos with Disney Princesses

When it was time to launch the lanterns, the rain wreaked havoc on the process of lighting paper lanterns. But the ones that did go up into the sky were beautiful, and the LanternFest people had just the right music playing to accompany the flight.

Couple Lighting Lantern

Some people were very upset that the event did not get postponed, because of the cold weather, wind and rain. But there was no way to know for sure if it would be raining at the time of the launch. Event coordinators were hoping for the best, and anticipated that it would be clear at lift-off time. Imagine all the work that went into setting this up and having all the workers, volunteers, and necessary materials there. Lots of people made the best of it, and enjoyed themselves, even though it was not the best situation.


We intend to go to another LanternFest, and will invite friends to join us, and we expect an amazing outcome. We hope that you will give them another chance, too.

Their schedule for the remainder of the year is:

March 18, 2017: Albuquerque

April 8, 2017: Phoenix Spring

May 13, 2017: Boise

May 13, 2017: Spokane

May 20, 2017: Detroit

May 20, 2017: Salt Lake City

June 3, 2017: Indianapolis

June 10, 2017: Philadelphia

June 24, 2017: Cincinnatti/Louisville

July 8, 2017: Pittsburgh

August 19, 2017: Omaha/Council Bluffs

August 26, 2017: Erie

September 9, 2017: Poconos

September 22&23, 2017: South Padre Island

September 30, 2017: Austin

October 7, 2017: Fayetteville

October 21, 2017: Phoenix/Tucson

November 4, 2017: St. Louis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *