Blank Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival

  • 7401 SW 9th Street | Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Presented By: Blank Park Zoo
  • Dates: April 1, 2023 - May 28, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Blank Park Zoo
  • Phone: (515) 285-4722
  • Start/End Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: Tickets: (April 1-May 29): Peak prices: $25, $21/member; Off-peak prices: $23, $19/member
  • Overview

    NOTE: This is a rain or shine event! No refunds, rain checks or exchanges are available for this important fundraiser. When purchasing tickets online, make sure your email is correct to receive your tickets. Please note this is an evening event festival and tickets do not include animal viewing or daytime admission to Blank Park Zoo.

    Blank Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company will feature 50 handcrafted, larger-than-life, illuminated animal shaped Asian lanterns. This year's festival features underwater wildlife, giant insects, mythical creatures and endangered animals. Immerse your family in a magical night of light and culture in this visually stunning festival. Check website for availability of tickets.

    April 1-May 29 (nightly, Wednesday – Sunday plus Memorial Day)
    Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (last admission at 9:30 p.m.)
    The best times to see the lights begin at sunset. Allow 60-90 minutes for the best viewing experience. Admission begins at 7:30 p.m., but you may enter the festival anytime until 9:30 p.m.