Boerner Botanical Gardens Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Boerner Botanical GardensHales Corners, Wisconsin

Performances & Culture

Weekend Themes
Sept. 21–23, 2018: Opening Weekend
Kick off the festival with a ceremony, giveaways, parades and tours.


Sept. 28–30, 2018: Asian Cuisine Weekend
Featuring demonstrations, food specials, contests and more!

 

Oct. 5-7, 2018: Moon Festival Weekend 
Featuring Chinese folk arts, parades, and special performances.

 

Oct. 12-14, 2018: Cultural Weekend
Featuring cultural arts with demonstrations, lectures, and videos.

 

Oct. 19-21, 2018: Celebration Weekend

Featuring BloodCenter of Wisconsin giveaways (first 500 guests), parades, and additional fun! 

 

Oct. 26-28, 2018: Closing Weekend

Featuring Grubor Law Offices giveaways (first 500 guests), performances, and additional fun! 

 

Illumination Parade 

Each night at about 6:15 p.m., watch the parade as members of the entertainment staff dressed as a lion, lead a procession of guests through the audience in the Shrub Mall of the Botanical Gardens. The Illumination Parade will conclude at the main stage in time for the first performance of the night. Small gifts will be distributed during the parade

 

Marketplace
In the colorful marketplace, visitors will find an abundance of souvenir items as well as the opportunity to watch Chinese artisans create traditional handicrafts. Clothing, toys, jewelry, and artwork will be for sale. Some of the crafts being demonstrated include name painting, rice engraving, inner-bottle painting, and aluminum weaving. Also take a taste of the great Asian and American food and beverages for added fun! 

 

In the colorful marketplace, visitors will find an abundance of souvenir items as well as the opportunity to watch Chinese artisans create traditional handicrafts. Clothing, toys, jewelry, and artwork will be for sale. Some of the crafts being demonstrated include name painting, rice engraving, inner-bottle painting, and aluminum weaving. Also take a taste of the great Asian and American food and beverages for added fun!

 

 


Stage Performances
Each night of the festival offers amazing stage performances on two stages highlighting Asian culture and art. Entertainment varies nightly. Acts include Spinning Tops, String Instruments, Juggling, Unicycle, Face Changing and Martial Arts Demonstrations from China! Performance times are posted at the Welcome Gate nightly.

 

Cultural Displays

The historic Garden House will house the cultural displays. Three display cases will have replicas of historic Asian clothing styles. There is also a video viewing area with various short shows highlighting China’s natural beauty. Replicas of historic Chinese artifacts are also on display for hands-on interaction.

 

Mobile Guide 

Immerse yourself in the China Lights experience with our self-guided mobile tour app on your own smartphone or tablet. The guide can be purchased at the box office.

 

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