Saturday, September 13, 2014

76th Chinatown Moon Festival (5 pm-12 am)

La Placita celebrates the founding of Los Angeles at noon then at 5:00 it's the Moon Fest

LOS ANGELES, California - Chinatown celebrates its 76th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on September 13th, 2014. The Moon Festival, known as the Zhongqiu Festival in China, is a harvest celebration dating back over 3,000 years.

Traditionally, farmers celebrated a bountiful harvest by gathering family and friends to admire the bright harvest moon and eat moon cakes.

New Chinatown’s first Moon Festival was originally a fundraiser for WWII relief efforts. It has evolved over the years, fusing traditional ceremonies with modern activities. Since the first Moon Festival in 1938, the annual tradition marks a popular cultural highlight.

The 76th Annual Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am takes place in Chinatown’s Central and West Plaza. More
  • Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
  • 5:00 pm-12:00 am
  • Central Plazas
  • 943-951 N. Broadway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • FREE for all ages
The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.
Calligraphy by Guojian Cui
Clay Sculpture by Keluo Xu
Dough Sculpture by Chris Lee
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS, Inc.
Roaming Magician by Minh Tran
Storytelling by Barbara Wong (8:30 pm & 9:15 pm)

Capuchin Monkey & Trainer (6 pm-9 pm)
Note: The monkey will approach you but please do not touch or pet the monkey.

Culinary Stage
Hosts: Eddie Lin & Shirley Zhang
6:00 Cocktails
6:30 Demo by Bowl'd
7:00 Demo by Mandarin Chateau
7:15 Demo by Golden Dragon
7:45 BREAK
​8:00 Queen and Court and Moon Cake sampling
8:20 Moon Cake Demo by Wonder Bakery
8:45 Shoot for the Moon(cake) Eating Competition
9:15 Starry Kitchen Tofu Balls​

Calligraphy & Lantern Making Workshop 5pm-8pm
Presented by Nori Shirasu & volunteers

Central Plaza Main Stage
5:00 pm South Pasadena Strings Program
5:45 pm Acrobatics & Contortionist
6:00 pm Jason Arimoto on Ukelele
7:00 pm Hi! Skool
7:30 pm Acrobatics & Contortionist
7:45 pm Jason Arimoto on Ukelele
8:45 pm East Wind Lion Dance Troupe
9 pm MAX V

Craft Garden
Curated by Eagle Rock Brewery
Eagle Rock Brewery: Revolution XPA & Manifesto Witbier
Kinetic Brewing Co.: Potential Blonde & Propulsion IPA
Angel City Brewery: Oktoberfest & Gold Line Pilsner

LA Gourmet Food Trucks
Crepe N Around
My Delight Cupcakery
Tokyo Doggie Style
Tornado Potato
Trailer Park Truck

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage
Curated by Kevin Bronson of
6 PM Run Things
7 PM The Singles
8 PM SD3 (featuring Cary Brothers)
9 PM Mosco Rosco
10 PM Dorothy
11 PM Crash Kings

Moon Viewing
Telescopes provided by Anthony Cook of Griffith Observatory

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth (6 pm-10 pm)
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940

Market Place
De La Luna Designs
Flea Market Girl aka Lola Apples
Golden City
Golden Dragon
Hop Woo
Mandarin Chateau
Pop'd Up
Robots by Matt Q Spangler
Sol de Cobre
The Danger Brand DETAILS

*Subject to change without notice. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is produced by the Chinatown Business Improvement District. Special Thanks to our Community Partners: Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation, ChungKing Plaza Association, KCRW, LA Weekly, Metro, Eagle Rock Brewery, and Griffith Observatory.

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