LIGHTUP 2019: Connect with the Community and the World

140 W Franklin St. Plaza and Carolina Square

FEBRUARY 24, 2019 11AM–5PM

You have seen the dragon dance in a movie, and do you want to try one with your family in a dragon dance workshop? How about dazzling your Facebook friends by dressing up as a Chinese Emperor or Empress and taking a photo in the dress-up photo booth?

Come to enjoy a variety of delicious Asian foods and watch a show of folk dances, music ensembles and Peking opera performed by your neighbors next door as well as artists from oversea! Play a game, win a prize, or decorate a lantern with your kids!

If you need some quiet time, join the breakout sessions to try out Chinese calligraphy and traditional paintings, observe the magic of acupuncture, and join a forum discussion on new initiatives around the town, ground-breaking technologies in RTP, and listen to our public school students talk about the Education for the Future!

When the twilight sets in, join your family, neighbors and friends in a thousand-lantern parade to usher in the New Year of the Pig.

May peace, happiness and prosperity be with you in the New Year!
恭喜发财, 万事如意!

The LIGHTUP 2019 will feature:


  • Drumming, Lion Dance and Dragon Dance Performances
  • Folk Dance, Music ensemble and Peking Opera Performances

Arts and Crafts

  • Lantern Decoration with an Artist
  • Hands-on Craft Activities
  • Cartoon Animal Lantern


  • Fun Games with Prizes
  • Dress-up Photo Booth
  • Riddles
  • A-thousand Lantern Parade

Exhibitions and Workshops

  • Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Painting
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Silent Art Auctions to Support Local Arts and Public School programs


  • Authentic Chinese Food
  • and much more...