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

Performances & Culture

Weekend Themes

  • Sept. 13–15, Opening Weekend, sponsored by Tri City National Bank
  • Sept. 20–22, Treasures Weekend, sponsored by Gruber Law Offices
  • Sept. 27–29, Asian Cuisine/Chicago Weekend, sponsored by WGN Radio
  • Oct. 4–6, Moon Festival Weekend, presented by the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center and OCA–Wisconsin
  • Oct. 11–13, Cultural Weekend, sponsored by the Reiman Foundation
  • Oct 18–20, Closing Weekend, sponsored by We Energies


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


In the colorful marketplace, visitors will find an abundance of souvenir items as well as the opportunity to watch Chinese artisans create traditional handicrafts. 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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