Event Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
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 19, 2015 -The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival on September 19, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in celebrating the folk traditions of this harvest moon holiday. The festival includes a fun-filled day of art-making, interactive storytelling, and shadow puppetry inspired by traditional 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 Light Bright Lanterns, Mooncake Button Design Challenge, and Paint the Night, where they can create full moon paintings and learn about the phases of the moon. Festival attendees can also explore culinary traditions at Making Mooncakes, an exploration on the ingredients necessary for making mooncakes, and Go Mooncakes for MOCA!, a tasting of these sweet holiday treats. This year will also feature the return of signature activities, such as Round is a Moon Scavenger Hunt, Legends Story Time, and Mid-Autumn Moon Photo Corner.


The festivities also include a performance by Chinese Theatre Works, who will perform their award–winning shadow puppet show, Tiger Tales, a story based on a popular Chinese folktale and the proverb, “working for the emperor is as dangerous as working for the tiger.” Afterwards, families and friends of all ages can create their own 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.


Mooncakes generously provided by Fay Da Bakery.

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, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.


Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month

General Admission: $10/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (with school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 10: Free