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2017:

2017 Feast of Lanterns
Schedule of Events

The lanterns are hung, the Royal Court and Royal Guard selected and now it is time for the Mandarin to Open the Gates. The week long Feast of Lanterns celebration is ready to begin.

The events start Wednesday, July 26 at noon with the Opening Ceremony and run through Sunday, July 30. All the events are Free for adults and children with the exception of the Feast of Flavors and the Pageant Day Feast of Food and some Children’s Activities. You won’t want to miss a thing this year – there is something NEW around every corner. Here are all the details for each event.


Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Chautauqua Hall on 16th Street at Central Avenue

Opening Ceremonies
Opening Ceremony

This year there will be so many new things happening at the Opening Ceremony. For the first time a Royal Guard will be introduced with Queen Topaz, the Royal Court and the Royal Guard. The Mandarin will "Open the Gates" to kick of this event.

The Royal Guard will perform a martial arts demonstration choreographed by Jason Costanza of I-Qi Movement Arts. The First United Methodist Church Handbell Ministry, under the direction of Sharon Ericksen, will perform songs in honor the Chautauqua Assembly and the Methodist founding of Pacific Grove along with a beautiful handbell piece from a Chinese Opera. Stevie McKim-Kirmel's Rockstar Dance Studio will perform several dance pieces that honor the gem stones of the Royal Court, the bond between Queen Topaz and Scholar Chang, along with a few fun contemporary pieces that will include the Royal Court and Royal Guard. Mayor Kampe and Queen Topaz will cut the ceremonial cakes. This event is FREE to the public.
Music by DNA Entertainment
Presenting Sponsor: Lovers Point Inn


Feast of Flavors

Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:30 am till the foods is all gone!
Chautauqua Hall on 16th Street at Central Avenue

Feast of Flavors
Feast of Flavors

Join the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and Royal Guard at our local restaurant showcase known as the Feast of Flavors. The event will be at Chautauqua Hall and will feature tasty foods from many of the fabulous restaurants here in Pacific Grove. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Music by DNA Entertainment
Presenting Sponsor: Fairway Shopping Center

Featured Local Restaurants:
17th Street Grill, Aliotti's Victorian Corner, Bechler's Bakery, Beach House, Canterbury Woods, China House, Fandango, First Awakwenings, Golden Tee, Happy Girl Kitchen, Holly's Lighthouse Café, La Mia Cucina, Max's Grill, Michael's Grill and Tacqueria, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Old Fisherman's Grotto, Petra’s, Pacific Thai Cuisine, Peppers Mexicali Café, and Vivolo's Chowder House


Feast of Lanterns Pet Parade

Friday, July 28, 2017 2:00-3:00 pm
Caledonia Park on Central Avenue

Ped Parade
Pet Parade

Join the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and Royal Guard in a local favorite, the Pet Parade! Bring your cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, turtles, etc! Participants must gather at Caledonia Park by 2:00pm, and the parade starts through downtown PG at 2:30pm. The Royal Court and Guard will hand out participation ribbons along with their trading cards. PG's Recreation Department will hand out sweat treats after the parade ends in the park. This event is FREE to the public.
Sponsored by the Pacific Grove Recreation Department.


Feast of Dancing

Friday, July 28, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Chautauqua Hall on 16th Street at Central Avenue

Feast of Dance
Feast of Dance

Join the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court, Royal Guard and DJ Chris from DNA Entertainment at a hometown dance party! The DJ will be mixing a combination of favorite songs of the 2017 Royal Court and Royal Guard that will include songs for the kids, a father, daughter dance, mother, son dance, line dancing, and lots of tunes designed to get you shaking your tail feathers. The Royal Court and Royal Guard will perform a routine, choreographed by Stevie McKim-Kirmel of Rockstar Dance Studio. It is FREE to the public.
Music by DNA Entertainment
Presenting Sponsor: Fairway Shopping Center


Feast of Lanterns Pageant Day

Friday, July 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:00 pm
Lovers Point off Ocean View Boulevard

Pageant Day
Pagent Day

Feast Pageant
Feast Pagent

Come down to Lovers Point Park on Saturday and join the Royal Court and Royal to celebrate Pacific Grove. Enjoy food from local businesses, entertainment from local performers, and watch the Pageant on the pier, which concludes with a burst of fireworks over the Cove. Feast Day is FREE to the public!

Feast Day Schedule of Events:

  • Feast of Foods, 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Children’s Activities, 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Yoga with the Royal Court & Guard, 11:15am-12:30pm
  • Kaye Coleman, CYT will be teaching the yoga class and please bring your own yoga mat
  • Flag Ceremony and live entertainment begins at 12:30pm. MC: Dave Eaton
  • Sponsors Walk, Former Royalty introductions and Pageant begins at 8:00pm

Legend of the Blue Willow Narrated by Roger Power
Pageant Director – Joni Birch
Sound and Lighting by McCune Monterey Audio/Visual
Fireworks Sponsor: JR Rouse and Jan Pratt
Pageant Sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank


Closing Ceremony

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 2:00 3:00 pm
Chautauqua Hall on 16th Street at Central Avenue

Closing Ceremonies
Closing Ceremony

Join the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and Royal Guard for the closing ceremony. The event will feature the Hootenanny Folk Song Group of Pacific Grove. There will be ice cream treats served at the end of the event. Courtesy of the First United Methodist Church. This event is FREE to the public. The Feast of Décor winners will also be announced.
Music by Hootenanny Folk Song Group and DNA Entertainment
Presenting Sponsor: Maureen Mason

For the full schedule of events or more information visit our Calendar Page, or call the Feast of Lanterns at 831-800-1905.


Enter the Feast of Decor by Decorating your home or business for the Feast of Lanterns!

General Rules for the 2017 Feast of Décor, sponsored by Cedar Street Times and Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

To participate in the Feast of Décor Contest, applicants are welcome to submit their name, phone number and address (photo optional) to Cedar Street Times at www.cedarstreettimes.com or by mail to

306 Grand Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

or fax 831-324-4745. You can even use Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cedarstreettimes/

Winning homes and businesses will be posted in Cedar Street Times and on the Feast of Lanterns website www.feast-of-lanterns.org. You may also submit an entry via mail to the Feast of Lanterns PO Box 809 Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You must formally apply by July 14, 2017 at midnight to be considered for the Feast of Décor House Decorating Contest. Judging by the Royal Court will take place on July 15-16, 2017.

There will be 6 jewel tone awards given out in 2017 representing the Royal Court: Topaz, Tourmaline, Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald and Sapphire. In addition, there will be 2 elemental animal awards, representing the new Royal Guard: Water Horse and Fire Rooster, and a Royal Eco Award for a total of 18 awards for this year’s contest. There is one set of 9 awards for homes and one set of 9 awards for businesses. The current Royal Court and Royal Guard judge the applicants and awards the prizes. The houses that are winners in the Feast of Décor will be featured in a special album on the official website for the Feast of Lanterns Inc, www.feast-of-lanterns.org, and will be printed in the Cedar Street Times.

Thank you to everyone in the community who gets into the Feast of Lanterns spirit and decorates their homes and businesses! Together we all open the gates and celebrate Pacific Grove with the Feast of Lanterns.


2017 Feast of Lanterns’ 4th Annual Fundraiser - Beach House Brunch at Lovers Point

The Feast of Lanterns is holding their 4th annual fundraising brunch and auction at The Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point on June 25, at noon. Tickets for the brunch are $50 and are available at Pacific Grove Travel located at 593 Lighthouse Avenue. Tickets can also be purchased from any member of the Royal Court or Royal Guard.

A live auction will be held following the buffet brunch. Wine and Mimosas will also be served. There will also be a silent auction that will remain open until the live auction begins. Come meet the Royal Court and Royal Guard, who will assist with the auction and share information about this year’s events.

There are only 102 tickets available for the brunch, so don’t wait to the last minute to purchase your tickets. It is a sale out event every year. Any tickets not sold in advance can be purchased the day of the brunch at the door.

The Feast of Lanterns starts Wednesday July 26, and closes Sunday July 30. For the full schedule of events or more information on the Brunch, visit the Feast of Lanterns website, www.feast-of-lanterns.org, or call the Feast of Lanterns at 831-800-1905. For ticket availability, call PG Travel at 831-373-0631.

The Feast of Lanterns is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with an all volunteer Board of Directors. The proceeds of this fundraise and the festival each year, minus operating expenses, fund an academic scholarship program for the Royal Court and Royal Guard, who are eight community spirited, active high school students.

2017 Royal Court
The 2017 Royal Court and Royal Guard
official photography by Jennifer Church of excellentfocus.com

Silent Auction Items
Silent auction tables are laden
with items awaiting bids.


2017 Feast of Lanterns – The Royal Court and Royal Guard Presentation

The Feast of Lanterns, Inc. is proud to formally announce the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and Royal Guard. The Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors would like to invite the public and local media to attend the Royal Royal Court and Royal Guard Court Presentation. The presentation is hosted by Canterbury Woods and refreshments will be served. This is the first appearance and formal introduction of the Royal Court and Royal Guard. Join us in celebrating "Opening the Gates," the 2017 theme of the Feast of Lanterns and introducing the new Royal Guard which gives young men a chance to serve their community and the Feast.

The Royal Court and Royal Guard Presentation – 2017 Feast of Lanterns

Hosted by Canterbury Woods
651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

April 5, 2017 - 6:00-7:00 pm

Opening the Gates

"Opening the Gates" is the perfect theme for 2017 for the Feast of Lanterns and Pacific Grove! Torii gates are rich is symbolism, representing a gateway between this world and the spiritual world. The Manadarin orders the Torii Gates to be lit in the search for his beloved daughter, Queen Topaz and the Scholar Chang. For the Feast of Lanterns, the gates also represent the celebration of the many cultures that enrich Pacific Grove and the multiple generations who return to join the Feast family, year after year, like Monarch butterflies. Open your heart as we open the gates... we welcome you!

The Board of Directors is excited to announce that applications are available for the Royal Court and the Royal Guard!

The Royal Court, as we know it today, was the inspiration of Elmarie Hurlbert Hyler Dyke in the late 1950's. Each young woman, whether she is a Princess or the Queen, represents a jewel based on the European birthstones for the 12 months of the year and she wears a brocade costume in the appropriate color. For example, Princess Sapphire wears a dark blue brocade. She is an ambassador for Pacific Grove, representing her community, embodying social grace, working on interview skills and practicing public speaking.

In 2016, the Board of Directors voted to make the Scholar Chang an official addition to the Royal Court. Adding Chang created a sensation and interest in opportunities for the young men of Pacific Grove to serve has led to another long awaited change. The Board of Directors have embraced our 2017 theme "Opening the Gates" and have added a Royal Guard.

The Royal Guard will showcase the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, with each young man donning a black silk jacket with an embroidered medallion of the animal he represents. These young men will serve their community by attending all of the same events along with the Royal Court. They will learn martial arts choregraphy and speak about the elements in conjunction with their zodiac animal. For example, this lunar New Year is the year of the Fire Rooster, so one young man of the Royal Guard will represent the Rooster and its element, fire.

Be a part of the living history of Pacific Grove! Be a role model! Earn a scholarship! Apply for the Royal Court or the Royal Guard and help us open the gates to your next adventure.


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information Meeting

The Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent or guardian of any applicant for the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and the Royal Guard. The meeting will outline the commitments and responsibilities required of a Royal Court and Guard member, including the preliminary calendar (subject to change as events are added). Please bring any questions you may have to this meeting as there will be a question and answer session following. The applications to serve of the Royal Court and Royal Guard are due by 5:00 pm on February 24, 2017. They will be posted on the Feast of Lanterns website on January 15, 2017.

This year the Board of Directors has voted to add the Royal Guard. Last year Chang was added as a member of the Royal Court and any young man trying out for it will go through the same interview process as the young ladies do. This year Chang will become the head of the Royal Guard and there will be 4 additional positions on the Royal Guard for young men to try out and be part of the Feast of Lanterns. This means that there will be a Royal Court with Queen Topaz with 6 Princess of various gemstones, a Royal Guard that is led by Chang, has 4 Guardsmen who represent animals and elements. The Royal Guard will learn a martial arts demonstration and they are already part of the pageant script. It is a perfect way to give young men a larger role in this hometown tradition. They are the knights and the court is the royalty.

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Tuesday February 7, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 pm


Interview Prep Circle

Are you interested in serving on the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court or the NEW Royal Guard? This event is hosted by Kaye Coleman, Vice President for the Board of Directors. You will have a chance to practice the process of interviewing and review tips for giving your best interview. This is for young women and men that are interested in serving on the Royal Court or Royal Guard. Going through the interview process to be selected for the Royal Court or Royal Guard is a wonderful real life experience and one that prepares you for success in your adult life. Come and be part of Pacific Grove's history!

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
February 9, 2017
6:30 till 8:00 pm