Tofino Lantern Festival

“When it comes to the Lantern Festival, you should expect to have your mind blown, your soul rejuvenated, your senses stimulated and happiness to flood over you.” (Westerly News, Aug 2018)

The Tofino Lantern Festival is the Raincoast Education Society’s signature community event and fundraiser, drawing the young and old with an unbelievable variety of handmade lanterns, live music, dance performance, food vendors, and other entertainment.

Don’t miss out on one of Tofino’s most beloved and magical festivals!

2020 Lantern Festival Fundraiser Update

With great regret we have cancelled the 2020 Lantern Festival due to the ongoing global pandemic.

The difficult decision to cancel our only fundraising event of the year is compounded by the economic hardships of our community and the local businesses that support us year after year. Going forward we are in a precarious position financially.

In order to continue to offer quality free educational programming to our community we ask that anyone who would have attended this year’s lantern festival to please donate your admission fee.

With your support we hope to be able to try again next year and deliver the best Lantern Festival you have ever seen, thank you!

20th Annual Tofino Lantern Festival


August 23, 2020

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm @ the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Whether you have been nineteen times before or this is your first time coming out, you don’t want to miss out on the magic and wonder of this year’s Festival! This family-oriented community event is our biggest fundraiser and helps to support our ongoing education and research programs.

Adults: $15 / Kids under 12: FREE

This is a car free event – please make use of the free shuttle running between the village green and the  Tofino Botanical Gardens. Please, no dogs at the Festival. This is a drug & alcohol free event.

“The event itself is incredibly enjoyable and reaches so many families…and all the proceeds go right back to all the education programs we provide in the community.” (Westerly News, Aug 2018)

Lantern-Making Workshops

2020 Workshops are cancelled.

Want to build your own lantern to light up the night?

Join us outside the Raincoast Education Society office (in the Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens) for a lantern-making workshop in the week before the Tofino Lantern Festival!

Supplies provided & pre-constructed lanterns available, $10 – $15

All ages welcome!

Festival Volunteers

Volunteers are what make this magical community event work. And it’s a ton of fun! We are looking for help during the week leading up to the Tofino Lantern Festival, as well as for the BIG NIGHT.

Come help us by assisting with lantern-making workshops, be part of the set-up, light-up or clean-up crews.

Please email us at [email protected] to get your name added to the list of volunteers!

Support our work

Consider donating your saved Lantern Festival admission fee to support our educational, research and environmental stewardship programs!

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