Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festivals in New York City: Moon Cakes and Flying Lanterns
Even though the kids are about to go back to school, there's plenty of fun to look forward to. Recently we rounded up a slew of outdoor fairs and fests in September. Below we're spotlighting the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese tradition that's celebrated all over the city.
Basically a Chinese harvest festival, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival marks the fall equinox. Traditionally, families go out to admire the big autumn moon, eat elaborate moon cakes and light pretty paper lanterns. There are a number of organized celebrations around the city.
Autumn Moon Cultural Festival and Children Lantern Parade – Chinatown
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand and Forsyth Streets
Sunday, September 8 at noon
The Better Chinatown Society hosts this annual shindig, where families can enjoy cultural performances, arts and crafts, food vendors, and participate in a children's lantern parade in honor of the Chinese harvest season.
Autumn Moon Festival – Staten Island
New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace
Sunday, September 15 1-5pm
$10 for adults, $8 for students, free for children under 6
We love visiting Snug Harbor's serene New York Chinese Scholar's Garden on any day, but the spot is particularly stunning during this annual harvest fest when it's festooned with Chinese lanterns. Other attractions include Chinese dance and music, martial arts and cooking demos, calligraphy lessons, storytelling, food and crafts.
China Day Cultural Sports Week – Sunset Park
Sunday, September 15 at noon
Leif Erickson Park, 65th to 67th Streets and Eighth Avenue
The Better Chinatown Society also hosts this third annual fest, with athletic activities for all and a celebration of the holiday/
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Family Day – Chinatown
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street between Howard and Grand Streets
Saturday, September 21 noon-4pm
$10 for adults, $6 for children 2-12
Enjoy storytelling, traditional performances, drop-in arts and crafts activities like making lanterns and shadow puppets, and take family-friendly tours of MOCA's exhibits.
Autumn Moon Festival – Flushing
Queens Botanic Garden, 43-50 Main Street near Dahlia Avenue
Saturday, September 21 1-3pm
Free with admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 and up
Celebrate the holiday with family-friendly activities and crafts including paper lantern making (limited to first 50 participants and an additional $2 fee).
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