Feast of Lanterns

Calendar of Events

Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors has come to the regrettable decision to postpone many of our major events this summer, including Feast Day at Lovers Point. We simply do not believe the choice to gather as a large community this summer is a viable one. Instead we hope to realize our events sometime later in 2020 (or 2021). The 2020 Royal Court will continue its virtual outreach to the community via our Facebook and Instagram pages and here.  Each member of the 2020 Royal Court is guaranteed a place on the 2021 Royal Court, and we will also open the application process to other youth next year.

We encourage everyone to hang lanterns in June and July: #PGStillShining. Additionally, keep an eye out for smaller Feast of Lanterns events as social distancing guidelines permit. We have a fabulous Royal Court and an exciting new story to share, “The Legend of Pacific Grove.” We value immensely the community’s support of the Feast of Lanterns, Pacific Grove’s oldest tradition. As you await news of coming events, be sure to mark your calendars for Feast Day 2021: July 31, 2021.

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(Events, dates, and times are subject to change.)

  • January 14, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

  • February 11, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • March 10, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • April 14, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • May 12, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • June 9, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • June 23, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • July 14, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • September 8, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • November 10, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

  • December 4, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Beach House for a Holiday Dinner

  • December 8, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Canterbury Woods, Canterbury Room, 651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

One additional Planning Meeting and Policy Meeting

10:00 am Parade on Pine Ave, Pacific Grove

9:00 am – 11: am Join the 2020 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court at the Pacific Grove High School Track and Field for a Royal Run and Pancake Breakfast. This fun run is a celebration of health and community. The Pancake Breakfast is served by Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast are $5 each. Tickets are available at Pacific Grove Travel, 593 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove and at the PG Farmers Market on Monday afternoos in July.

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

As a kickoff to the Feast of Lanterns season, an elegant evening fundraiser will be held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History on June 28th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This is our 6th annual Kickoff Fundraiser and we are so pleased to be partnering with the museum.

The Board of Directors would like to invite the public to join us in this lovely event! Small bites and local wines will be served at the event. A silent and live auction will help raise funds for the Feast of Lanterns. Tickets are $50 per person. You can purchase tickets now at Pacific Grove Travel or on the day of the fundraiser at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!

Pacific Grove Travel
593 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove.

10:00 am – Parade on Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey, CA
11:00 am - 3:00 pm – BBQ at Caledonia Park in Pacific Grove, CA

General Rules for the Feast of Décor:

Enter the Feast of Decor by decorating your home or business for the Feast of Lanterns! To participate in the Feast of Décor Contest, applicants are welcome to submit their name, phone number and address (photo optional) to Board of Directors (k.coleman@feast-of-lanterns.org), mail to PO Box 809 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or https://www.facebook.com/feastoflanternspacificgrovestradition

You must formally apply by July 13, 2020 at midnight to be considered for the Feast of Décor House Decorating Contest. Judging by the Royal Court will take place on July 15, 2020.

There will be one award representing the whole 2020 Royal Court and five jewel awards. There is one set of 6 awards for homes and one set of six awards for businesses. The current Royal Court will judge the applicants and award the prizes.

The winning houses and businesses for the Feast of Décor will be featured in a special album on this website and will be shared on our Facebook pages.

Thank you to everyone in the community who gets into the Feast of Lanterns spirit and decorates their homes and businesses!

5:00 - 6:30 pm at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove, CA

There will be a Facebook live stream of this event! Entertainment by the Monarch Handbells, RockStar Dance Studio, and the 2020 Royal Court. Mayor Bill Peake and Queen Topaz will cut celebration cakes as we sing happy birthday to our beloved hometown. The Board of Directors invites everyone to join in as we celebrate the Feast of Lanterns and the Chautauqua Assembly. This event is FREE and open to the public.

2:00 pm at Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove, CA
The parade starts at 2:30 pm.

Dress up your favorite pet or stuffed animal and join the Pet Parade. The public is invited to dress in costumes that represent your culture or family heritage. The Royal Court will hand out ribbons to everyone in the parade and ride in the antique fire truck to lead the parade. The event will open 30 minutes early at 1:30 pm for families that have kids with special needs so that they can interact with the Royal Court. Directly following the parade, the PG Recreation Department staff hands out ice cream treats to all the participants.

3:00 - 5:00 pm at Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove, CA

Directly following the Pet Parade will be the Feast of Dancing. The public is invited to dress in costumes that represent your culture or family heritage. The Royal Court will be dancing with everyone! DJ Bret spins a hometown dance party!

Feast Day at Lovers Point Park

  • 10:00 am - 10:00 pm - Food Court - Ocean View Boulevard (Food vendors who wish to participate should visit our Partners/Vendors page for more information.)
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Yoga with the Royal Court on the Grassy Area - Please bring your own mat.
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Sand Castle Contest (judged at 2:30 pm and announced at 3:00 pm) - Beach
  • 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Lantern Sales - Pier Entrance
  • 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Pier Entertainment.

Feast of Lanterns Pageant

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm on Lovers Point Pier

  • Sponsors Walk
  • It is followed by Pacific Grove's Pageant. Come and witness the heroic journey and transformative power of true love.
  • Fireworks

The Feast of Lanterns Pageant will be the official closing ceremony as it was for the first Chautauqua Assembly in 1905.

6:00 pm – starting at Robert H. Down Elementary School

Events, dates, and times are subject to change.