Chinese Lantern Festival comes to The Fairgrounds Nashville in May

The Fairgrounds Executive Director Laura Schloesser announced today that The Fairgrounds Nashville has entered into an agreement with Festival Pro, LLC to bring a world-class Chinese lantern festival to The Fairgrounds Nashville.

Nashville is the first Mid-South city to schedule the unequalled China Lights, a festival featuring brilliantly lit large-scale lanterns along with Chinese folk-culture activities, cuisine, and entertainment.

Opening May 12, the festival’s four-week run will feature over 30 grand displays that will illuminate nine acres of The Fairgrounds Nashville. Complete details will be presented at a press conference scheduled for April 8.

About The Fairgrounds Nashville: In operation for over 110 years, The Fairgrounds Nashville is an ideal indoor/outdoor venue for meetings, conferences, trade shows, concerts and special events of all sizes.  Home of the Tennessee State Fair, Nashville Speedway and Nashville Flea Market, the property maintains 8 buildings with more than 120,000 square feet of indoor space for meetings and events with abundant parking.  The location is only one-mile south of downtown with direct interstate access. To learn more about The Nashville Fairgrounds, visit us at

As part of China’s five-year economic plan, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce developed a campaign with the goal of holding 100 light shows in 100 cities worldwide to spread Chinese traditional culture and promote cultural exchange. The custom of lighting lanterns has occurred for thousands of years and Zigong City now boasts 380 lantern-making companies with 80,000 lantern artisans.