Chinese Lantern Festival and Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit in their final days

"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.Caroline Cockrell.

The Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary and the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art are winding down.

Two popular Triangle attractions are in their finals days.

The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, with 20 sparkly displays of lights, will close Jan. 14 at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.

Meanwhile, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” the North Carolina Museum of Art’s first exhibit to showcase fashion, will close Jan. 21.

Lantern Festival

The lantern festival – with its 15,000 LED lights – features several displays, including the Chinese Dragon lantern on Symphony Lake. The dragon, according to the venue, is longer than three school buses. It’s 200 feet long and 21 feet high. It also weighs 18,000 pounds. The lanterns, made by hand, are shipped from China. This year, 19 tractor-trailers were enlisted to bring them to Cary.

The details: Open daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for youth 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and younger. Discounts for seniors (55 and older), college students with ID and military on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.

‘Inspiring Beauty’

The popular traveling exhibit, which features high fashion from designers like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Bob Mackie, is in the last stop before its couture goes back to the vault.

The exhibit, in the museum’s East Building, tells the story of the Ebony Fashion Fair, which was a touring fashion show from 1958 to 2009. Eunice Johnson, Ebony fashion editor and wife of the magazine’s publisher, featured all African-American models wearing glamorous garments. But more than just a showcase for pretty clothes, it showed that African-American women are just as stylish and successful as any other woman.

The exhibition was originally developed by the Chicago History Museum in conjunction with Johnson Publishing. In addition to clothes featured in the fashion shows, there are behind-the-scenes photos and other archival material from Ebony.

The details: The exhibition closes Jan. 21. The museum is normally closed Mondays but will be open Jan. 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours are Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors 65 and older, military groups and college students with ID; $9 for youth 7 to 18. Free for members on their first visit, children 6 and younger, and college students Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.


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