Bond with friends, family, and even strangers over the beautiful sight of lanterns floating on the water. It's a chance to come together, no matter who you are.

Desire a peaceful weekend? Gather your loved ones and experience the bewitching sight of floating lanterns on the water at the Water Lantern Festival!

This all-ages event combines outdoor fun and breath-taking visuals to create an unforgettable experience in the D.C. region. Chow down on dishes from a variety of food vendors, experience live music, and end the night with a launching of the lanterns. Participants can write whatever they wish on their lantern and then release it into the water. It's the perfect way to unwind with loved ones and connect with the people around you!

Person holding lantern with message on it, courtesy of Facebook

Adult ticket-holders will receive access into the festival space, a souvenir drawstring bag, wristband, marker, and your very own floating lantern! Tickets also include the price of cleanup after the event. The event is focused on sustainability, so lanterns are made of environmentally-friendly rice paper and wood!

Regular admission will be $30 until July 15 and then will increase to $40 the day of the event. Buy them here. We recommend snagging yours as soon as possible, as the festival tends to sell out! Right now you can even get $2 off adult tickets with the promo code WLF5497, so get them today!

view of lanterns floating in water, courtesy of facebook

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The Water Lantern Festival will take place Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the National Harbor from 4-9:30 p.m. The festival recommends arriving between 4 and 6, which should provide ample time to navigate traffic and enjoy the festivities that lay ahead. Attendees will receive an email with more information about a week before the event. You can find more information here.

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