Event Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2 and Cool Culture families.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Online registration required: RSVP HERE


[New York, NY] August 18, 2016 -The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival on September 17, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friends and Family of all ages are invited to celebrate the traditional autumn festival in a fun-filled day of art-making, storytelling, and performances inspired by folk tales.


Sometimes referred to as “Chinese Thanksgiving,” the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated to give thanks for the summer harvest. Families gather for picnics by moonlight and admire the moon at its fullest and roundest. Lanterns are lit to celebrate the moon’s brightness. Traditionally, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival ceremonies were held to greet winter and to worship the Moon Goddess Chang ‘E; her husband and famed archer, Hou Yi; and her friendly moon companion, the Jade Rabbit.


Visitors may choose from a selection of art-making activities, such as Magical Moon Papers, Everlasting Elixirs, and Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, where they can create their own kaleidoscopes made from sparkling beads and sequins. Festival attendees can also explore culinary traditions at Making Mooncakes, an exploration on the ingredients necessary for making mooncakes, and Mad for Mooncakes!, a tasting of these sweet holiday treats. The schedule also feature the return of signature activities such as To the Moon and Back Gallery Hunt. This year’s Legends Story Time is joined by guest Leslie Swartz, co-author of Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes.


The festivities also include a special appearance by Mencius EastRiver Ensemble, where Cao Bao’an on erhu (fiddle) and flutes, Julie Tay on Chinese percussion, and Xiao Xiannian on yangqin (hammered dulcimer) will give a musical performance. Afterwards, families and friends of all ages can create shadow puppets and produce an original performance at MOCA’s shadow puppet theater.


A complete festival schedule is available on the Museum’s website. For press images, please email press@mocanyc.org.

MOCA’s Family Festival Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Wells Fargo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.