What time does the festival begin?
Participants in the lantern parade will need to start gathering between 5pm and 5.15pm (location TBC). The parade will officially begin at 5.30pm. Sunset for the 20th June 2020 is recorded as being at 5.06pm so please remember that it will get dark fairly quickly after this time. Erril Street festivities will kick off from 5pm.
Can I make a lantern for the parade?
Lantern workshops for 2020 can be found on our Workshops page. We have a number of local artists and businesses running sessions with something for everyone. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear. If you would like to offer your artistic services please get in touch! Workshops are open to all ages but please note that children under the age of 10 yrs will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Can I bring my own lantern?
Yes! There will be several workshops in the lead up to the 2019 festival if you need some creative inspiration. Alternatively you can make one yourself and bring it along. Lantern making details can be found on our webpage www.mansfieldlanternfestival.com.au or www.artsmansfield.com.au. All lanterns need to be illuminated by battery operated lights (eg torch or tealights). Anyone carrying a lantern with open flame candles will be asked to extinguish the flame.
What can I expect to see?
We have invited the local schools, kindergartens and community groups to create some lanterns for display. We are also encouraging local businesses to decorate their windows with lanterns and lights.
On the night there will be music, fairy lights, food and drink, open fires and a chance to celebrate the start of winter. A number of local businesses will have food and drink on offer for purchase so that you can enjoy a bite to eat or dinner.
When does the parade start and where does it go?
The parade route for 2020 will be new – but participants will need to start gathering between 5pm and 5.15pm so that we can be ready to begin at 5.30pm.
We’ll post here as soon as details are confirmed.
Children under 10 must have an adult or responsible person with them in order to participate.
The parade will begin at approximately 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to participate – with a lantern!
Am I allowed to be part of the parade?
Anyone can be a part of the lantern parade but we ask that you either bring a lantern OR wear something that will “light up the night”. Children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. All lanterns need to be illuminated with a torch or battery operated tealight. No open flames / candles permitted. This is an event insurance requirement.
Can I join the parade without a lantern?
No. If you don’t have a lantern then you can line the area of the parade to cheer the participants on.
Will there be food / drinks available for sale?
Yes! A number of local businesses will each have a range of delicious “ready to eat” foods available so that you can enjoy something to eat. Stay for a while or head out to dinner at one of our local restaurants. We will also have a range of drinks (both non alcoholic and alcoholic).
2019 Food and Wine Line Up
The Produce Store – salt & pepper calamari / donuts
Bos Taurus – burgers
Flaming Pizzas – pizza
Perfect Paella – paella
L’Amour de la crepe – crepes. Sweet & savoury. Dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options available
The Men’s Shed – sausage sizzle
Off Ya Bean – coffee and hot drinks
High Country Cellars – beer, wine and cider
Mavis & Lou Lou – cocktails & mocktails
Billson’s Brewery – beers and non alcoholic soda
Healthy Hippie – TBC
No BYO alcohol is permitted. The entire area is a non smoking zone.
What should I bring to the lantern festival?
This event will go ahead in most weather events. Please wear warm clothing and ensure that you bring an umbrella if there is rain.
Remember that this event is celebrating winter – in the High Country – so it could be VERY cold! Please be prepared.
Will the festival be on if it is raining on the day?
The Lantern Parade will go ahead unless there is torrential rain or it is dangerous to run. Organisers will review the weather conditions and determine whether or not the parade will proceed at approximately 2pm on 20th June 2020. If you are unsure you can check out our facebook pages, webpages or call 0417319879.
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