If you've ever wanted to stand in a field of dreams — in the form of thousands of flame-illuminated lanterns in the sky — now's your chance. Organizers of the Rise Lantern Festival north of Las Vegas encourage people to share "a prayer, a dream or a resolution" before sending their lanterns aloft at an event next month in the desert.
Promoters say the event brings light to the darkness — in the desert sky and in people's lives. According to a news release, the festival gives participants "the opportunity to experience the collective elevation of peoples' hopes, dreams, resolutions, goals and desires."
Gates open at 3 p.m. each day, with live music from 4 to 8 p.m. along with food, beer and wine for sale. Lanterns will be launched starting at 8 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.
The 2016 festival appears headed for a sellout, despite the addition of a second lantern-launching evening.
Tickets for Oct. 8 are already sold out; some tickets remain for Oct. 7. They cost $109 for adults and $69 for kids. Each ticket comes with two lanterns and a marker for writing personal messages. The paper lanterns are propelled by hot air, and they're biodegradable.
Parking costs an additional $25. Shuttle transportation from and to the Strip is $39 per person.
Info: Rise Lantern Festival