This is a VERY late post… but better late than never! Brad knew a lantern festival had been on my bucket list and he was sneaky and surprised me for my birthday with tickets to RiSE Lantern Festival, which is in the Mojave Desert.
First, let me tell you that this festival was amazing. If you live on the West Coast and are dying to go to a lantern festival, I would recommend going to RiSE. On the way to the festival, we took a day to explore the Valley of Fire which was 20 minutes east of the festival grounds. For all my Utah friends and family who make the drive to Vegas or California often, the Valley of Fire is only 20 min off the freeway and is a really cool place to check out!!
Here is a little video I made from our experience at RiSE!