Join us for this simple celebration of light and community on Sunday, November 3, as we gather at sunset to walk with handmade lanterns in our historic park. This event is free, accessible, and all are welcome. Leading up to the parade, organizations and venues across the city of Albany will host free lantern-making workshops.

“We’re walking with lanterns to share some light as the days become shorter,” explains Conservancy board member Sarah Read, the event’s organizer. “This is about our Albany community coming together for a simple, free event to celebrate art, community and warmth on an evening few people look forward to – the night we have to turn back the clocks. If you come to a workshop, you’ll meet new people, and the night of the walk you’ll recognize these new friends – that’s the community-building we’re going for.”

The Lantern Parade is FREE to the public and everyone is welcome.


4:00-5:00 pm | Lantern displays, refreshments at the Lake House parking area. Tea lights available
5:00 pm | Welcoming remarks from Mayor Kathy Sheehan
5:15 pm | Parade around the Lake

Thank you!

Many thanks to:

Albany Department of General Services, especially Lemo Young and his team – for maintenance
Albany Women Drummers – for entertainment
Arlene’s Artist Materials – for lantern supplies
CLYNK – for bottles
Stewart’s Shops – for refreshments

And to our lantern workshop hosts and venues:

3Fish Cafe
Albany Art Room
Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K Race
Albany Institute of History & Art
Albany Police Athletic League
Albany Public Library branches
Albany School of Humanities
The Baby Institute
Honest Weight Food Coop
Fort Orange General Store
Refugee Welcome Center
Superior Merchandise Company (Troy)
Studio Sprouts at the Arts Center (Troy)
Upper Madison Street Fair