While the last days of summer are a sad occasion, the Fremont Arts Council has a beautiful celebration of the transition of seasons. It’s called Luminata and it is a handmade lantern parade around Seattle’s Green Lake. You can participate in it this year and here’s how.

Luminata will take place this year on Saturday, September 23rd, at Green Lake Park and will include lanterns crafted by the community. While this event is cool in itself, what makes it even more amazing is the fact that you can actually help create those lanterns.

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Community members are invited to participate in the creation and building of lanterns on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays & Sundays until the actual parade.

You will get to create your own lantern to use at the festival as well as create more to sell at the event. Sales from the lanterns go to support the Fremont Arts Council so experiences like Luminata and the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade can continue.

What’s more, the art council is asking for donations of “patterned tissue paper, transparent or translucent handmade paper, and thin bamboo” if you happen to have any to spare.

We will update you with more event details as they become available, until then, get to lantern making!


When: Saturday, September 23rd
Where: Green Lake Park, 7201 East Green Lake Dr N
Cost: Free/Varies