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Luminous Nights Returns at the Toledo Zoo


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Luminous Nights returns to the Toledo Zoo. This fall festival of color, featuring professional acrobats and 500+ illuminated Chinese lanterns, runs from September 28 – November 4 at the number one zoo in the nation.

Bring the whole family to the Zoo’s Fall Festival of Color, as we shine a spotlight on Asian culture. This year, the whole show takes place on the historic side of the Zoo where guests will be immersed in the wonders of the Far East, including hand-crafted lanterns in the shapes of animals and botanicals, hands-on cultural activities and demonstrations lead by international students from local universities, tastes of traditional Chinese and Zoo concessions and more according to a media release shared with 13abc.

Fortunes foretell weekends of awe when stilt walkers roam through Skeldon Plaza and professional aerial acrobats and other traditional stage acts, including hoop dancers, foot-jugglers and more, take to the Amphitheatre stage! Don’t miss the 16 foot tall sway poles, high flying acrobats, light-up balancing Cyr wheel and more! These live performances swing into the Zoo’s Amphitheatre every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. during Luminous Nights. The Zoo will also debut a new family-friendly Beastro Beer & Wine Garden and concession stands will feature egg rolls, noodle bowls, bubble tea and more.

In addition, the Zoo will also have a variety of community engagement events, including demonstrations from Kempo Martial Arts and hands-on cultural activities/demonstrations led by international students and staffs from Bowling Green State University, University of Findlay and University of Toledo. All performances/activities and events are included with Luminous Nights’ admission and more information can be found at

The Zoo has also moved its annual beer tasting, Zoo Brew, to be a part of Luminous Nights on Friday, October 5. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter. Separate fee applies. More information is available at

Luminous Nights runs from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, November 4 at your Toledo Zoo. Tickets are $13/person for Zoo members and $15/person for non-members at the admission gates. Purchase tickets online, in advance and save $2 per person! Four ticket packages will also be available online only for $35 for members and $45 for non-members. The admission gate hours for Luminous Nights are 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The park will stay open for one hour after admission gates close to allow guests to complete their visit.