Lantern festival to light up Esquimalt

The 12th annual Esquimalt Lantern Festival is this Saturday at Capt. Jacobson Park

Get ready to light up the night and celebrate all things Esquimalt.

The 12th annual Esquimalt Lantern Festival is this Saturday (Sept. 22) from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Capt. Jacobson Park on Head Street.

“It’s a free, fun family event,” said director Jen Yarnell.

“Esquimalt is an undiscovered little gem that a lot of people don’t know about,” she said.

The event, which attracted around 2,000 people last year, includes food vendors, face painting for kids, belly dancers and, of course, a lantern parade.

“Everybody starts pouring down the streets with their lanterns. We have a piper that leads the parade, the mayor and councillors, and we go on a lantern procession along the Songhees walkway,” Yarnell said.

Scotty Hills and Waves of Daves will headline the live entertainment portion of the event.

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