As a photographer I had always wanted to attend one of these lantern festivals, the visuals seemed to be pretty cool so I purchased two tickets to the Austin | Lantern Fest We arrived late afternoon to a well organized parking team and we were able to park pretty close to he venue. Once through the check in process that took about 1 minute we went to look for a strategic location to shoot from, noting the wind direction and quickly found a good location. Since we wanted to have fun too I headed for a cold beverage and to my surprise the total was $7 for a water and two Hopadillos! They had music playing when we arrived then had some live music that was very good that played until it was launch time. My only wish would be that they would have launched the lanterns early during twilight, either way it was really cool to see all of the lanterns slowly float into the sky, it was quite magical!
What happens to the lanterns after the event? They have teams that go out and collect lanterns during the event and the next morning. Each lantern is made with 100 percent biodegradable rice paper, bamboo and string and I noticed on each lantern there is a message saying if you are lucky enough to find this lantern please dispose of this lantern and if you have any questions they give a website and phone number for questions and concerns. You can read more about other safety concerns at The Lantern Fest website.