Dragon Lights Chinese Lantern Festival Comes to Reno June 30 to August 5
At the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, inside Rancho San Rafael Park

Re-posted on behalf of The Glenn Group

MAY 24, 2018

RENO, Nev. – Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Dragon Lights Reno Chinese Lantern Festival will debut in Reno for a five-week exhibition this summer, from June 30 to August 5, 2018, at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden and is presented by Washoe County and the May Arboretum Society. Dragon Lights Reno is an Artown featured event.

Dragon Lights Reno is an international touring festival of enlightening exhibitions that provide a globally-cultural entertainment experience to millions of guests around the world. The exhibition will feature 39 larger-than-life vibrant Chinese Lanterns. Each lantern display has been handcrafted by artisans from China who master the skill of lantern making through an apprenticeship, and it is this group of people who keep this centuries-old tradition alive. This amalgamation of light, art and entertainment is intended to thrill, educate and illuminate the guests.

Each night there will be guided tours available at 7:30 p.m. and at sundown “Magic Hour” will occur, where each lantern will be turned on one-by-one and its history will be shared. In addition to lanterns, the event will also feature cultural entertainment, nightly performances, traditional handicrafts, a time traveler photo booth and themed nights.

Dragon Lights Reno is the first festival of its kind in northern Nevada, where light, art, and cultural events will provide an opportunity to explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about China today.

Dragon Lights Reno Chinese Lantern Festival is a ticketed event and is open nightly to the public from June 30 to August 5, 2018. For more information about Dragon Lights Reno, event schedules and to purchase tickets online visit To stay up-to-date with all Dragon Lights Reno updates, follow @DragonLightsReno on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.: Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. is the American subsidiary of the international design and manufacturing company Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd, which is headquartered in China, in the city of Zigong, the origin and hub of Chinese lantern making. Sichuan Tianyu organizes word-class Chinese cultural events and tailors experiential marketing solutions on an international scale. Sichuan Tianyu is renowned for its ability to combine Chinese-folk culture and entertainment into popular Chinese lantern festivals and other entertainment experiences. Sichuan Tianyu has successfully hosted Chinese light festivals and other celebrations of Chinese culture around the world.

About Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Open year-round and located inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada, the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden was designed on three acres of former ranchland in 1986. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 23 acres comprised of specialty gardens, outdoor courtyards, tree groves, wetland habitats and a living plant museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species on display. It is located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. The garden averages only 4 to 8 inches of precipitation annually, which comes in the form of rain or snow. A short growing season, less than 120 days, and at an elevation of 4,600 feet, the gardens' daily temperatures can fluctuate 40 degrees or more in a single day. The Arboretum's mission is education, research, conservation, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and native plants grow in a high desert environment. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a member of the American Public Garden Association (APGA) and a certified Level II Arboretum through the Arb Net Program administered by the Morton Arboretum of Registered Arboreta, Lisle, IL. It offers a combination of science and aesthetics and provides displays of native and adaptable plant species, shrubs and wildflowers. For more information and hours of operation visit

About May Arboretum Society: Established in 1986, the May Arboretum Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to support the continued improvement and growth of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. A member-based organization, the Society hosts events, concerts and workshops to showcase the beauty of the arboretum to thousands of residents and visitors each year as well as raise funds to support the Arboretum through donations to its Endowment Fund. For more information about the May Arboretum Society, to become a member or make a donation go to

About Artown: Artown has been inspiring the community through the arts since 1996. Artown’s mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

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