“Glow Wild” Lantern Festival - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Kids Out and About Hartford

“Glow Wild” Lantern Festival - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 11/27/2022
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo continues to offer guests enchanting Centennial Year experiences! Beginning September 15 and continuing through November 27, “Glow Wild,” a brilliant, illuminated Lantern Festival will be held at the Zoo Thursday through Sunday evenings. As a continuation of the Zoo’s yearlong 100th birthday celebration, the Zoo will host a larger-than-life Lantern Festival inspired by our wild world. This incredible evening festival will showcase more than 35 large scale illuminated sculptures that will amaze guests of all ages. The Glow Wild Lantern Festival is a first for Connecticut, and is designed for everyone to enjoy, whether a family outing, romantic date, or coworker get together. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Timed tickets should be purchased online. They will be offered in half hour increments. A small number of tickets may be available at the door, depending upon Zoo capacity.

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Purchased Tickets HERE

 Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Reaching our Centennial is a milestone we want to celebrate by offering unique experiences to our guests: the Lantern Festival, the Skyhunters in Flight program every weekend this summer, our Centennial Animal Presentations on Thursdays and Fridays, and our very special musical guests at our Sunday Serenades. We invite everyone to celebrate with us this year.” 

 The Glow Wild Sponsor is the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, along with Premier Sponsors Avangrid (UI, SCG), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), R.D. Scinto and the Emanuel Family, and The Ernest & Joan Trefz Foundation. Select Sponsors are Subway Restaurants, M & T Bank, and Newtown Savings Bank. 

“We are grateful to all of our Glow Wild sponsors,“ Dancho said. “Their generous support allows us to bring this unforgettable experience to the Zoo.”  

The Zoo is celebrating its 100th year throughout 2022, hosting Sunday Serenades throughout August with musical guests, as well as a Birds of Prey program called Skyhunters in Flight every weekend through Labor Day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Zoo’s Education Department is presenting Centennial Animal shows every Thursday and Friday all summer long at 11 a.m. and 

2 p.m. On October 29, the Zoo will celebrate with a Centennial Gala held at the Inn at Longshore in Westport. 

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT, 06610
United States


Contact name: 
Jessica Summers
The event has already taken place on this date: 
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Adult tickets are $22., children 11 and under are $20. Children under three and adults over 75 are free


All Ages Adults & kids together Adults without kids