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Thousands of Lanterns to Illuminate Skies Above Lake Pleasant on April 14.


PEORIA – Soon after sundown, on April 14, friends, family and thousands of strangers will come together to share personal thoughts, wishes and goals as they set free lanterns on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant.

A long-standing tradition, the lighting of (biodegradable) lanterns is a way of marking milestones, offering up wishes and goals, while celebrating in a festive, picturesque atmosphere. This event marks the first time the Phoenix area’s Westside will host a lantern festival; with the 10,000-acre Lake Pleasant water surface certain to be aglow with thousands of lighted lanterns. 
"These are usually very meaningful events for folks who take the opportunity to share prayers, hopes, wishes or dreams on the lanterns before they set sail," said Susan Williams a media spokesperson for the festival.

The event runs from 4 - 9:30 p.m. (lanterns to be released after sundown) and features live music, food trucks, kids’ events and some of the most amazing views that the greater Phoenix area has to offer.  No coolers allowed, however blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

Tickets for Lanterns at the Lake are $25.00 and can be purchased online at, Lanterns at the Lake tickets do include entry into Pleasant Harbor and attendees must present proof of ticket purchase upon arrival at gate entry. 
Lanterns used at the festival must be purchased through Lake Pleasant for safety reasons and out of concern for the wildlife.

Pleasant Harbor is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, please visit or call the Pleasant Harbor events line at 623-203-5173.