Chinatown Lantern Festival 2021

The Province of Alberta and Alberta Health Services announced new COVID-19 restrictions affecting a variety of public and private gatherings. It has been determined that the Chinatown Lantern Festival is classified as a 'public event - outdoor' with restrictions for 2m or 6 ft social distancing.

While it is possible to install precautions for the festival event (eg. social distancing, masking, hand-sanitizing, crowd control, security, etc.) there are risks which are identified but unpredictable (eg. super-spreader incidence, public anti-masking/anti-vaccination protestors, public health protestors, etc.) which would put both the festival merchants, volunteers and organizers at risk along with the public.

There is very few measures of precaution that can be taken to prevent or mitigate these unpredictable risks to our supporter and public.

Consequently, it is with great regret that the Chinatown BIA has opted to cancel the Chinatown Lantern Festival event.

We will return when permissible for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year and Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase (CISS) February 2022, Chinatown Canada Day and Stampede Breakfast (July 2022), and the annual Chinatown Street Festival (August 2022) with the same opportunity to all merchant and volunteers.

Let's do our best to contain and minimize the affects of COVID-19 by doing our part masking, vaccination, carrying proof of vaccination.

If there are further questions, please contact us at

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The Lantern Festival is also known as Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.

Hosted by the Calgary Chinatown Business Improvement Association, the one-day event will feature exquisite light and lantern displays alongside amazing local vendor sand food trucks!

Our event is also live on Facebook and Instagram! Updates and more information will be posted there frequently!

Don't miss out!

Performance Lineup 

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4:30pm - 6pm

Jamie Serafi | @coolsaxnkeys


6:15pm - 7:15pm

Mirabelle Jien | @mirabelle.jien


7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sallie Mae | and Emily | @emslaneymusic