A PDF version of the press release is available for download. [English]


Event Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person/ $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members/ Free for MOCA Family Level Members, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Advance ticket purchase recommended online through website.


[New York, NY] June 25, 2016 -The Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its annual Dragon Boat Family Festival on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in this summer festival of traditions and superstitions, which honors the River Dragon and pays tribute to a patriotic Chinese poet from the Warring States Period, Qu Yuan.


Zongzi are traditional Chinese rice dumplings, made with glutinous rice, stuffed with different fillings and wrapped with bamboo leaves. During Sticky, Savory Snacks: Zongzi Wrapping and Tasting, a demonstration and sampling, participants will learn why zongzi are eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival, how they are made, and what they taste like. Throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to participate in drop-in arts and crafts activities, where they can construct and race floatable dragon boats, stuff lucky xiang bao (potpourri sachets), and create mixed-media dragon boat paddles with visiting artist Kam Mak. This year’s highlights include Calligraphy Corner with expert calligrapher I-Hsuan Chao, and Make Waves with Paper Kids, where visitors can make origami boats with the Paper Kids, the only kids club recognized by the Origami USA Association.


MOCA’s exhibition spaces will also be accessible and themed accordingly for festival participants. Visitors can experience a Creepy Crawly Bug Hunt through our galleries to drive away the five poisonous pests from the Museum, while learning about traditional customs that were developed to protect against misfortune, and bring happiness and good health. Also on schedule: an interactive Legends Story Time session, in which visitors travel back in time over 2,000 years following the journey of Qu Yuan, an honorable poet and statesman, and learn how the Dragon Boat Festival came to be, as well as a special reading from Susan Hughes’ book, Gung Ho! A Dragon Boat Story, followed by an energizing dragon boat rowing simulation.


A complete festival schedule is available on the Museum’s website. Images for press are available here. Tickets for purchase are available online here.


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.