Event Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
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 and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Advanced ticket purchase required online through website.


[New York, NY] May 14, 2014 -The Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its annual Dragon Boat Family Festival, on June 7. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in this celebration of Chinese traditions, customs, and legends. The dragon boat race honors the awakening of the River Dragon and also marks the summer season of rice planting.


At this festival, visitors will discover the rituals and roles of dragon boat crew members during a water dance activity in Row, Row, Row Your Boat, led by MOCA educator Shana Fung. Zongzi is a traditional Chinese rice dumpling, made with glutinous rice, stuffed with different fillings and wrapped with bamboo leaves. Learn about the origins of zongzi and join teaching artist Sophia Hsu in a zongzi-inspired paper instrument making workshop, Let’s Get Loud! Also on schedule: in an interactive Legends Story Time session, participants will 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. Many of the festival’s customs were developed to protect against misfortune, and bring happiness and good health. Throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to drop-in art and crafts activities, where they can create dragon-inspired crowns, braid five threaded bracelets, make xiang bao (potpourri sachets), and enjoy paper cutting demonstrations by paper artist Shu-Shia Sanborn.


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

Festival Schedule:


Performances, Workshops and Demonstrations

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Paper Cutting: Dragon Boats demonstrations conducted by
artist Shu-Shia Sanborn


1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

Let’s Get Loud!

2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat


Workshops & Activities

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drop-in Arts & Crafts Activities: Dazzling Dragons; Boisterous Bracelets; Positively Potpourri

Gallery Activity
12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Legends Story Time


Major support for MOCA’s Family Festival Series is provided by METLIFE FOUNDATION. MOCA’s Family Festival Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (Museums Program), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.