Lantern Festival

The 15th Annual Lantern Festival will take place at the AEA Elementary School on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 4-7 pm. It has become a wonderful tradition for the whole family to enjoy. Join us in celebrating a 100-year-old German tradition with food and drinks, singing, and ending with a traditional lantern walk around the neighborhood.

In the spirit of Saint Martin's gift to a coatless beggar, we will be collecting gently used coats and blankets for those in need again this year. The collection for these items will start a few days before the festival.

Please join us for a bratwurst dinner, bake sale, and music. The event will end with a Lantern Parade around the neighborhood.

Students in grades K-4 will be crafting Lanterns with their German teachers. If you have a younger or older child that is interested in making a Lantern to carry for the walk, please visit this Lantern Crafting website for ideas and templates. Sticks and lights for the Lanterns will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information on the St. Martin’s Day Tradition and Laternenumzug, please check this out Martinstag (St. Martin's Day).

Date and Time

Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 4-7 pm


Albert Einstein Academies Elementary School
3035 Ash St, San Diego, CA, 92102 (map)


In order for the event to be successful, each year we need lots of volunteers. Please go to SignUpGenius to see the list of available opportunities and sign-up. If you prefer not to sign-up online, or would like more information about volunteering, feel free to email our event organizers, Jennifer Cardinale and Angie Santini directly at

Friends Used Uniform Sale

Friends will be having a used uniform sale during the Lantern Festival. Come stock up on all your uniform needs including long sleeved shirts, hoodies and sweaters, and pants!

Schedule of Events:

4:00 PM: Lantern Festival Opens
4:00 to 5:45 Food & Drinks for sale in Lunch Arbor
4:00 to 5:45: Bake Sale in Lunch Arbor
4:00 to 5:00: Halloween Candy Buy Back
4:00 to 6:00: Blanket & Coat Drive to support local shelters
6:15: Lantern Walk


4:45 to 5:15 2nd Grade Performance in MPR
5:15 to 5:45: Beer Stein Competition in MPR