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Official Website:Annual Lantern Festival: Forest Hills
Location:Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills A, Boston, MA, 02130
Dates:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Fairs & Festivals

Annual Lantern Festival: Forest HillsThe Forest Hills Educational Trust is pleased to announce that the 14th annual Lantern Festival will be held on Thursday, July 12th (raindate: July 19).

A much-loved community event for Jamaica Plain, as well as Greater Boston, the Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese Bon Festival -- a celebration each year when a door opens to the world of their ancestors allowing loved ones to send messages to the other side.

This annual celebration opens a door to the world of their ancestors allowing loved ones to send messages to the other side. It is a time when neighbors come together to share stories, celebrate, and honor the memories of loved ones.

Enjoy traditional Japanese dance from students of Showa Boston, Irish music from guitar and fiddle duo the Whiskey Boys, Chinese dragon dance from Gund Kwok and Grand Master Tsuji's Taiko drummers.

Things to Bring
There is no food or water for sale at the festival, so bring water or snacks as you prefer. Mosquito repellent recommended. There is no lighting after dark; bring a flashlight to assist your departure.


6:00pm - 9:00pm
raindate: July 25


Admission is free, with a $10 donation per lantern. Parking is $10 (or take the T)


Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills A, Boston, MA, 02130 map

Avoid the parking cost and Take the T! Orange Line to Forest Hills and use the shortcut, one block up Tower Street to a pedestrian gate into the Cemetery. Use the detailed directions at www.foresthillstrust.org.


  • Bring a flashlight!
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