And Still I Rise: Lantern Fest

It was on my bucket list to cross off a lantern festival, which my friends has told me, one of the most breathtaking and amazing events you can ever partake in. So after seeing my friends attend to the Rise Festival in Las Vegas and see how beautiful it was, I had to count myself in!
The Lantern Fest I attended took place in Southern part of Dallas, TX, in the middle of a secluded area in Ennis and was the perfect setting to be.

Here's everything you need to know:

  • I bought the tickets early enough to where it was still cheap. It ranges about $25-50.
  • Fuel up and/or bring food - I know in some places, you are prohibited to bring anything. We were lucky enough to be allowed to bring food, refreshments, blankets, camping chairs and anything you can think of. I brought some snacks and comfy chairs to be placed next to the campfire.
  • The start of the festival according to the tickets was 1:00pm. We arrived around 5pm and was still able to not miss the fun.
  • The lantern fest kit comes with a s'mores kit (marshmallows, graham crackers, sticks, Hershey's chocolate), lighter, sharpie pen, lantern and a little message.
  • Layer up and be comfortable. We were basically camping out, listening to music, burning marshmallows by the bonfire and keeping warm. It was the perfect night.
  • Light the lantern, enjoy the live band and watch the amazing view. I did tear up a little bit of how beautiful it was. Imagine writing your hopes and dreams and see it float away among others.
  • The lanterns used were pretty easy to light up, especially using the torch. Pro tip: make sure to fly it as soon as you light them up, if you can. One of our lanterns died down after several minutes, after "we took too many photos." Lesson learned!

If you're wondering what I wrote on my lantern, here are some of them:
"If you want to fly the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go of the past that drags you down."
"I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. I don't have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed."

RIP Kerrie Anne #WeWillKerrieOn



  1. It's a beautiful place, having such an open and joyous feeling to it. It's totally amazing! This is definitely a wonderful LA venue to spend time. It's plenty fun to sit and enjoy food and drinks with amazing conversations.

    1. It is! It's very emotional watching all the lanterns fly by carrying all your wishes to the world. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!