Illuminares Lantern Festival - 2013

Fire - a magnificent creation at the dawn of time. Light kills darkness and gives birth to sight into the realms of our wildest imagination. Our planet gave us these beautiful things and now it has been harnessed for our enjoyment this summer. Join me along the shores of Trout Lake to partake and become enthralled with the majesty of lanterns and fire! ENTER ILLUMINARES!!!

When: We will meet at 7:30pm. The festival illuminates at 6pm and extinguishes at approximately 10:30pm (grand finale). You can leave at any time.

***Please note: I won't be waiting for any latecomers. The group and I will be promptly moving into the festival grounds at 7:30pm. If you feel that you won't be on time, you can still come but you will have to look for us within the festival grounds as we will likely be scattered, looking and doing various things.

Where: Around Trout Lake in John Hendry Park in Vancouver.

How to find us: I will be standing at the entrance or around the Trout Lake Community Centre. Read below for imperative details!

***IMPORTANT: Due to the high volume of people coming to this public event, the location will be crowded and even difficult to get to by vehicle. Parking will be severely limited (NO parking at the community centre) and attendees will have to park and walk a distance away to get to the location. You may get lucky and score a parking spot closer to, but don't bet on it.

Public Dreams recommends attendees to travel by transit and by foot. The location is close to the Broadway Station.

Traveling Back: I will be coming by transit and would appreciate it if anyone who is traveling in the direction of Burnaby to let me accompany you. Please let me know if you are so we can walk back together. Thank you!

PARADE & FIRE SHOW: Pay close attention to this: the festival has a kickass lantern parade from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. This parade will start at the north end of the lake, and proceed around the lake counter-clockwise to end at an amazing fire show in the north-east corner of the park! THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!

Food & Drink: I was told by Public Dreams that there will be various concession stands and vendors selling their wares as well as refreshments throughout the location.

Cancellations: This event will be cancelled if it rains.

What to bring: Even though it is summer, it is advisable to bring a jacket and dress appropriately for the night. I also recommend that attendees bring a flashlight or even a lantern, if you like as the location will still be dark in areas.

Website: http://publicdreams.org/event/illuminares-lantern-festival-25-light-years/

Host Expectations: As it will be nighttime, I don't have problems with some members staying close by, in fact I encourage it for this type of setting. However, I am not a professional and will be encouraging attendees to wonder about freely as this is an "organic", loose event that is not strict and linear. In other words, if you choose to eat something and I, the host, chooses to listen to music then I won't hold you against your will. At the same time, we're all adults and I won't be your guide in this event as I do intend to have a good time as well. You are more than welcome to hang around with me, just please refrain from being clingy and go without any expectations in your mind. Remember, the main objective of this event and any festival event is to have fun, and that goes for the host as well!

***If you decide to bring family members or children you are responsible for them!

Waiver: The host, group, Trout Lake Community Centre, Public Dreams Society, festival staff and associates are not responsible in any way for attending members. Members who RSVP YES for this event are solely and totally responsible for their own personal safety and well being before, during and at any time after the conclusion of this event. The host, group, Trout Lake Community Centre, Public Dreams Society, festival staff and associates shall be held harmless and shall be unconditionally free forever of any and all liabilities, obligations and responsibilities to any of the attendees, guests and all third party individuals, relatives and representatives

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  • Kathy J.

    I ended up losing all the group while I go to washroom and buying food for myself in concession for dinner.

    July 24, 2013

  • Antoinette

    GREAT!! It was my first time experiencing Illuminares Lantern festival and loved it.

    July 22, 2013

  • Antoinette

    Thank you Akemi for giving of yourself. Your time, effort and organization of both the Japanese Lantern Festival and Hara Krishna Temple were GREAT experiences . You did best your and it is hard to PLEASE everyone. I had FUN and an AWESOME time at both events and is looking forward to future ones. P.S. the Hara Krishna Chant is still in my head…but all is good.

    July 22, 2013

  • Tim

    Pictures I uploaded (plus a few others and larger versions) are also at: http://tim.ibocreative.com/pictures/illuminaresFestival-20-07-2013/

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The actual event was spread out over several hours but there was enough to see and do to stay occupied.

    July 21, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Thank you for organizing Akemi! I know it was not easy managing a group that size at a large, crowded festival like this one. I really enjoyed the procession around the lake and the fire show at the end was fantastic. Nice to meet everyone!

    July 21, 2013

  • Adriana

    The festival was great and it was really nice to meet the people in the group. Thank you Akemi for your efforts, you did a great job, especially with the big number of people!

    July 21, 2013

  • Jamie C

    Hi dear Akemi, so sorry for hearing that. Totally understood how tough to deal with everyone while you were organizing the event in a big park, but I think everyone would appreciate the efforts you made! Thank you so much Akemi! And hopefully you have a fantastic Sunday today!

    July 21, 2013

  • Gord

    I got there early so it was nice to walk around with the group for a little while. It was good to see so many people again and to meet new people. I didn't really like large crowds so I didn't stay too long to see much once it started getting dark. Thanks to Akemi for organizing!

    July 21, 2013

  • Jamie C

    I am here in the park but not knowing where to join you guys?

    July 20, 2013

    • tristan

      Any luck ?

      July 20, 2013

    • Gord

      The group did not stay together and with so much people and once it got dark it's really hard to find people. Most of us got separated and we went our own way. You needed to get there early to find the group.

      July 20, 2013

  • Jamie C

    Not knowing how to tell my location. my # is 7787727606. You can contact me :-)

    July 20, 2013

  • Jamie C

    I am just walking and browsing around, where r u Tristan? I am close to the snacks bar.

    July 20, 2013

    • tristan

      Err where is that? Stay there will try and find you :)

      July 20, 2013

    • tristan

      Is that at the icerink?

      July 20, 2013

  • jennifer

    May come by later

    July 20, 2013

  • Jess

    I have a very bad headache :( ...enjoy guys!!!!!

    July 20, 2013

  • Cam

    Great. Ill be there @7pm.
    Thx Chris

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be leaving from downtown- burrard station. Lemme know if anyone is going from here and we can go together.

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure. I'll be leaving from there at around 7. My cell number is 6046791109. Text me if you have trouble finding me.

      July 20, 2013

  • Ron

    I was at one of these a few years ago, it's pretty Awesome. I live in downtown and will go by car, I know some places to park even when events are on on that area ... I have room for 3 people in my car :) Have an Awesome Day :)

    July 7, 2013

    • Adriana

      Hi Ron, I'm planning to drive as well, could you recommend me some places to park?

      July 20, 2013

    • Daniel

      Hello Ron, I´m also planning drive, could you give some advise? Thanks

      July 20, 2013

  • Jess

    I'd love to see the parade but the fact is that its a bit late and I'm worry about the way back home...I live in downtown and just wondering if someone lives around here so we could accompany each others at the end of the event... :)

    June 12, 2013

    • Chris

      There will be several people including myself heading back downtown on skytrain afterwards so no problem, stick with us and you'll be good. :)

      July 20, 2013

    • Jess

      Thank you everyone!!

      July 20, 2013

  • Daniel

    Will be at summer festival the whole evening.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in meeting new people.But I worry about my lack of English skill. It is hard to keep up with what people are saying. Anyway, I want to enjoy to talk with new friends!

    July 20, 2013

  • Antoinette

    Would like to meeting someone traveling to Richmond by transit or to walk with a group heading to the bus stop or sky train. Hope we can connect earlier in the evening.

    July 19, 2013

  • Katie M

    Does the festival have a cost? Is anyone coming from the North Vancouver area?

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone heading towards Metrotown area? We can leave together after the event as it may be too late to be walking on my own. :-(

    July 18, 2013

    • KARI (.

      Hi Lynn

      July 19, 2013

    • KARI (.

      I live near Metrotown Station. Let's walk together to the nearest skytrain station (Commercial Drive station). Maybe there are some other people who want to take the skytrain as well.

      July 19, 2013

  • YukikaYoshioka

    Hello,Iam visiter of Vancouver.Let's enjoy the Vancouver summer!

    July 19, 2013

  • leee

    Ahoy hoy

    July 18, 2013

  • Ed

    A group of us may be coming straight from our Summer BBQ event in the afternoon (all is welcomed)
    http://www.meetup.com/Extremely-Shy-Looking-for-friends/events/123409552/
    Hope to see everyone there.
    The count may go up to 100+ extremely shy friends watching lanterns and the fire show!

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Rohit

    I will attend if I get back from trip on time.heard a lot of this event prior to meet up.hoping to enjoy it with some good people!!

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I definately need to be there!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Cam

    Great idea ! What time should we meet at burrard station ?

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Around 6 45?

      July 9, 2013

  • William C.

    I may bring 1 or 2 friends

    July 8, 2013

  • Antoinette

    Somewhat shy at first, hoping to extending my circle of friends, doing interesting fun things and enjoying what life is offering.

    July 7, 2013

  • Cam

    I have always wanted to go to this festival. Looking forward to this.

    July 5, 2013

  • Jack Z

    I live just two blocks from trout lake.

    July 3, 2013

  • john L.

    anyone living in richmond???? looking for carpool

    June 12, 2013

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