Complete guide to the GloWild Lantern Festival at the KC Zoo

The GloWild Lantern festival at the Kansas City Zoo is a temporary exhibit of beautiful, glowing silk lanterns throughout the zoo as well as Chinese acrobat performances.

Tickets are required and range from $18 - $25 per person depending on the attendee age and day of the week.


Live Chinese acrobat performances are held at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm each night.


The GloWild route is one mile long and will take about 90 minutes to complete.

Route Length

There are multiple food and beverage locations open throughout the GloWild route.

Food & Drinks

All animal buildings are closed during the event and most areas are roped off and not available for viewing.


GloWild is held rain or shine so make sure you dress appropriately.


If you’re looking for a festive, family-friendly activity or a romantic date-night activity this fall, GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo is a perfect fit.

Date Night