Lantern Ceremony
The Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is an opportunity for community members to offer spiritual consolation for people they miss, departed loved ones, ancestors, cultures and all we hold dear.

39th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time: Gather 7:00-7:30pm / Lantern Floating at 8:40pm
Location: Klopp Lake, end of South I Street


This is a free event! All are invited to attend.
Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or ride a shuttle van from the parking lot at Samoa and I Streets or the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot on South G Street.

9:00am-1:30pm - Lantern Making at the Arcata Farmer's Market 
(tables will be set up and there will be supplies)
7:00-7:30pm - People will gather at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary by Klopp Lake at the end of South I Street
- Rick Kruze will be playing the shakuhachi flute as people arrive.
- McKinleyville Choir
- The Raging Grannies will be singing songs
8:40pm - Lantern Floating

For more information, please click here or email us@arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org.


Event History

The City of Arcata’s Nuclear-Free Zone Committee started the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony 38 years ago to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and to affirm Arcata’s dedication to the cause of peace.

The ceremony has since evolved into a beautiful opportunity for the community to come together for a collective moment of remembrance and reflection. For more information on the history of this event, please click here.

Community groups helping to create these events are:
City of Arcata, Humboldt Buddhist Peace Fellowship, GI Rights Hotline, Shinnyo en, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action Committee, Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers), United States Servas & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom