Des Moines Zoo planning night-time festival

(Des Moines, IA) -- A new night-time-festival is coming to Des Moines. The Blank Park Zoo is planning the Wild Lights Festival April 1st. It'll feature 35-large, illuminated animal shaped Asian lanterns.

“This amazing festival is designed to wow you and it’s unlike anything that has been in Iowa before,” said Anne Shimerdla, president and CEO of Blank Park Zoo. “Incredibly talented artisans design and fabricate lighted displays that incorporate Asian themes into a festival of light and culture.”

Due to the pandemic, nightly attendance will be limited and face coverings will be required.

Blank Park Zoo is presenting this festival in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture. It's sponsored by MidAmerican Energy.

Additional details:

April 1-May 31 (nightly, Wednesday – Sunday plus Memorial Day)

Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ticket Sales: Member ticket sales start February 19 (today); Public ticket sales begin on February 25

Cost: $20/person; $18/Zoo member (ages one and under are free)

Packages: Four Pack tickets: $72 or $64/Member

Group discounts for groups of 40 or more

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