Mooncakes, shadow puppets, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun!
Harvest Moon Picnic | 12-4pm
Gather around the picnic table for a make-believe harvest moon picnic at MOCA! Learn about the foods that families share as they admire the moon and give thanks for the year’s harvest. Make a leaf rubbing to add to our autumn scene. Be sure to include a wish to the Moon Goddess Change-Er.
Go Mooncakes for MOCA! | 1-3:30pm
Explore the meaning behind mooncakes and learn how these sweet and savory treats are made! Taste a variety of traditional mooncakes, courtesy of Fay Da Bakery, alongside delicious tea, courtesy of Harney & Sons. Don’t forget to take a mooncake recipe to try at home!
Chinese Theatre Works Presents: Chang-Er Flies to the Moon** | 2pm
This original shadow play tells the story of Moon Goddess Chang-Er and her husband, the archer Hou Yi. Through enchanting shadow puppetry and engaging storytelling, watch this legend come to life before your eyes.
Did you know that a goddess, rabbit, and woodcutter all live on the moon? Discover how they got there and more, as you listen to retellings of classic Mid-Autumn myths.
Shoot for the Moon Gallery Hunt
Join a MOCA educator in following clues to spot shining suns and twinkling full moons around the gallery. When you find a sun, shoot it down just like archer Hou Yi.
Drop-In Arts & Crafts, 12-4pm
Join expert calligrapher I-Hsuan Chao as she demonstrates this traditional art form by painting festive messages on traditional rice paper. Learn simple brushstroke techniques and how to write the Chinese character for moon 月.
Making (Make-Believe) Mooncakes
Peek inside a mooncake, and learn about the ingredients and tools used to make it. Then, mold your own play dough mooncake using a real mooncake press.
Using colorful vellum, construct and decorate shadow puppets of Moon Goddess Chang-Er and the archer Hou Yi featuring movable arms and legs. When you finish your creations, head to MOCA’s shadow puppet theater to stage an original performance!
Prepare your own version of the magical elixir that lifted Chang-Er from the earth to the moon! Grind salt and glow-in-the-dark chalk to create sparkling, colorful sand. Then, use it to fill a potion bottle that you can wear around your neck.
Mooncakes come in countless shapes, sizes, and patterns. Emboss your own personalized mooncake pattern on a piece of shimmering foil, taking inspiration from the year’s brightest moon.
** Additional ticket required. Tickets are free with festival admission, but limited in quantity. Please pick up tickets at the Visitor Services front desk. First come, first served.
Purchase tickets in advance.