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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo GLOW WILD Lantern Festival

November 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - November 26, 2023 @ 9:30 pm

Image of illuminated peacock sculpture in the colors pink, orange, and yellow. A logo of Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is in the top left corner. Text on the top of the iamge reads: "Glow Wild Lantern Festival at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo September 14-December 2, 2023 Thursdays-Sundays 5:30-9:30 PM." Green circle in the bottom right has black text over it that reads: "New Lanterns for 2023!"

GLOW WILD returns to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! Journey through a wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns inspired by our wild world. Back by popular demand, this illuminating festival of lights is coming back for its second year! Join us every Thursday – Sunday from September 14- December 2 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The festival will showcase 53 large-scale illuminated displays, featuring hundreds of beautiful individual and interactive lanterns.

Spanning the width and breadth of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s 30 acres, guests are invited to walk through glowing corridors. Displays of flora and fauna will light up the night sky, dazzling guests of all ages! The Glow Wild Lantern Festival is designed for everyone to enjoy – whether a family outing, romantic date, or coworker get-together. 

Donuts, pretzels and beverages will be available at the café’s side window.

​The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Timed tickets should be purchased online in advance and offered in half hour increments. A small number of tickets may be available at the door, depending upon Zoo capacity.

  • ​Adult tickets (ages 12 +) are $22
  • Children (11 and under) are $20
  • Children age 2 and under and adults age 76 and older are free

​Wheelchairs and strollers will be available to rent on a first come first serve basis. 

Purchase tickets here: https://webstore1.centaman.net/beardsleyzootickets/calendar/1000017 


November 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
November 26, 2023 @ 9:30 pm


Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610 United States
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