Coronavirus blows out water lantern event

Water Lantern Festival postpones March 21 event at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia over COVID-19 concerns

By Reggie Ellis

VISALIA – Even an event touting itself as “the nation’s fastest growing event experience” couldn’t outrun the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Friday, March 13, Water Lantern Festival, named Best Cultural Festival by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, announced that it will postpone all of its events through the end of March, including its March 21 event at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, due to concerns over COVID-19. In a released statement, the company said all participants for these events will receive an email with further details including the new date of the rescheduled event. 

“All tickets will be automatically transferred over to the new event date. Since the event is being rescheduled and is not officially canceled, we can help you out with a refund if you purchased ticket protection which protects your purchase from unforeseen circumstances,” the release read. “Thank you for your patience and understanding!”

The event was scheduled to be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and illuminate the pond at Mooney Grove with the launch of the personalized lanterns onto the water. Each unique lantern drifts out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying messages of hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. 

Water Lantern Festival is the premier floating lantern event that began in 2018 with events in 34 cities that received a combined attendance of over 130,000 participants. Headquartered in Logan Utah, Water Lantern Festival is planning an even bigger 2019—with over 100 festivals being planned so far across the U.S. and Canada. As a result of the success of Water Lantern Festival, several copy-cat floating lantern events are popping up – we encourage anyone interested in attending this event to make sure they purchase tickets from who has a proven track record and a 5-star rating with the BBB.

The ticket price for the event was $36. For more information and updates on rescheduled events, visit

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