The annual Feast of Lanterns has become an Eastside festival staple. It is an adaptation of a Chinese festival started over a century ago on the Eastside of Indianapolis. Newspaper stories described thousands of lanterns, lining the pathways in Spades Park, leading to the bandstand where there was music, dancing, singing, performances and games. The festivavl lost momentum in the 1940s, but was revived in 2003 as a festival to celebrate the diversity and arts of the Eastside. Today, festival highlights include kids' activities throughout the day, local and regional musicians and artists and, at dusk, a lantern parade and show that lights up the night.
The festival will feature two musical headliners, legend Otis Gibbs and Luke Austin Daugherty. The Eclectic Lord of the Yum Yum returns as emcee, with music from hip-hop to gospel throughout the day. Other entertainment includes the Feast Gong Show, where performers showcase their talents and risk the gong for a chance at cash prizes. Local and regional artists will display and sell their work, from jewelry to paintings, in the outdoor gallery. Hands-on arts and craft projects include photography, mural painting, sun prints, didgeridoo and lantern-making for the lantern parade. The Lantern Show features luminary art produced by local artists and offered for sale in the Lantern Gazebo.
The Feast is Aug. 29, noon-11 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Nowland Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call 317-250-7099 or go to www.indyfeast.org.