Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two one-day tickets (up to a $20 value) to the Lanterns! festival, scheduled February 18–20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Wildwood Park.
Drawing inspiration from the Chinese tradition, Wildwood Park's Lanterns! festival celebrates the first full moon of the lunar year with a sensory feast of lights, live music, and tasty eats. Treat your ears to the local instrument masters of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra while romping around the botanical gardens and taking in the festive light apparatus and luminaries from places such as India, Venice, and Shakespearean England—the latter's lamps giving off a sonnet-reflecting sheen in lovelorn plants. Aglow aficionados of all ages will embrace the plethora of illuminated entertainment, from performances by Wildwood's Art to Go! touring production and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to educational meanderings about the moral decay of society due to the metric system.
A lush woodland landscape of 104 acres rife with flora and fauna brims from Wildwood Park's scenic confines, aiming to stoke dormant neurons and imagination flames with natural beauty, engaging cultural displays, and papier-mâché busts of Burton Gilliam.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured a previous Lanterns! festival at Wildwood Park.
Wildwood Park’s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children’s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park’s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.
20919 Denny Rd.
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