17th Annual Lantern Festival

The 17th Annual Lantern Festival will take place at the AEA Elementary School on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 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 who 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).

*Volunteers needed to donate baked goods, help set-up, etc.*  In order for the event to be successful, each year we need lots of volunteers. Please go to our Sign up Genius to see the list of available opportunities and sign-up.

In the meantime if you would like more information about volunteering or if you have any questions, feel free to email our event organizer and AEA mom, Stephanie Grinnan directly at