Mid-Autumn Family Moon Festival - SOLD OUT

Sat Sep 30, 2023
2:00pm to 5:00pm ET
Age: All ages
Price: FREE
Museum of Chinese in America

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) with mooncakes, magic, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Stop by for an afternoon of storytelling, drop-in arts and crafts, mooncake making, and more.

RSVP online in advance.

Performances, Workshops & Activities:

Harvest Moon Picnic | 3-6pm
Gather around the blanket for a make-believe harvest moon picnic! Learn about the foods that families share as they gaze at the moon and give thanks for the year’s harvest. Make a secret wish for Moon Goddess Chang E’ to grant and add it to our collaborative work of art.

Bountiful Brushstrokes with Teaching Artist Yu Rong | 3-6pm
Grab a brush and try your hand at some Chinese calligraphy with MOCA’s teaching artist Yu Rong. Learn how to write the Chinese character for “autumn” and other auspicious idioms for the festival.

Chinese Theatre Works Presents: Tiger Tales Shadow Puppet Performance
(Limited space)
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, shadow puppetry is especially popular because the full moon acts as an enchanting light source for performances. Chinese Theatre Works brings to life an enchanting tale where a wise old rabbit recounts stories from her eventful life to her young granddaughter– including how she came to be the Prime Minister to Tiger, the ever-hungry jungle king.

Munching on Mooncakes: Mooncake Making & Tasting Station | 3:30-5:30pm
(While supplies last)
Sharing mooncakes with friends and family is a beloved Mid-Autumn tradition. Pastry chef Rebecca Li (@rebeshouse) walks participants through the multi-layer process of making these sweet and savory treats. Discover the ingredients inside mooncakes and the tools used to make them. Practice using a mooncake mold and take home a mooncake that’s ready to bake. Afterwards, try delectable slices of traditional mooncakes, courtesy of Fay Da Bakery.

Shoot for the Moon Scavenger Hunt
Follow clues high and low through MOCA to spot twinkling full moons and shimmering stars around the gallery. Will you find them all?

MOCAKIDS Storytime
Get ready for mooncakes and more— it’s time again for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! What stories will the moon star in this year?

DROP-IN ARTS & CRAFTS, 3pm-6pm | 无需预订的艺术及手工活动, 下午 3 点 – 6 点

Shadows on the Moon
Construct and decorate shadow puppets of Moon Goddess Chang’E or archer Hou Yi. When you finish your creation, head to MOCA’s shadow puppet theater to stage an original performance!

Everlasting Elixirs
Prepare your own version of the magical elixir that lifted Chang’E from the earth to the moon! Grind salt and colorful chalk to create sparkling, colorful sand. Then, use it to fill a potion bottle and stir up some Mid-Autumn magic.

Jumping Jade Rabbits
Did you watch the full moon (赏月) this Mid-Autumn Festival? If so, you might have seen the outline of the mythical Jade Rabbit! Create a disappearing and reappearing Jade Rabbit from everyday materials.

Magnificent Mooncakes
Mooncakes come in countless shapes, sizes, & patterns. Explore intricate mooncake designs, pick your favorite, and mold a clay mooncake of your own.

** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.