The Morikami Museum’s signature festival has a new name and a new date.
Formerly the Bon Festival, the newly monikered Lantern Festival is moving from the sweltering heat of August to the (hopefully) cooler weather of Oct. 19.
The festival is one of the Morikami Museum and Gardens’ most popular (and photogenic) annual events.
In Japan, Obon is a three-day event, but the Morikami condenses it into one day, with a fireworks finale. The highlight of the fest begins at sunset when Morikami Pond, surrounded by the beautiful Roji-en garden, is transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living.
To make the Lantern Fest a more intimate experience, the Delray Beach institution is limiting the number of tickets. Tickets are now on sale and will cost $10 for adults through Aug. 1. After that, the price will go up.
From Aug. 2 through Sept. 18, the adult tickets will cost $12. Starting Sept. 19, they’ll be $15 until the event sells out. During the same time periods, children’s tickets will go from $5 to $6 to $10.
Morikami Museum and Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561-495-0233, Morikami.org