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8 Great Mid-Autumn Festival Events in Metro Vancouver

Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, or Mooncake Festival.

Whatever you call it, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese lunar calendar occurs on Saturday, September 10, and there are many fun events happening in Metro Vancouver to discover.

The Moon Festival originated over 3000 years ago and is believed to bring good luck, bountiful harvest and lifelong happiness. The traditional Chinese festival of the moon is held on the eighth month and the fifteenth day of the Chinese lunar calendar.

From community celebrations to an immersive trip to the stars, here are eight great mid-autumn events for you to browse this year. Save room for moon cakes!

Light up Chinatown!

Vancouver Hon Hsing Athletic Club (Rich Lam / Presenter)

what or what: The second annual edition of Light Up Chinatown! It takes place September 10-11 at 500 Columbia Street and adjacent streets in the Historic Cultural District.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a weekend full of live entertainment, dining experiences, and amazing lights and lantern decorations around Chinatown during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

When: From 10 to 11 September 2022
time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday)
where: 500 Columbia Street and nearby streets in Chinatown
cost: free

Pieces of the Moon: Culture and Science in the Mid-Autumn Festival

what or what: The Sino-Canadian Museum and HR MacMillan Space Center present an immersive show at the Planetarium Star Theater exploring ancient Chinese folklore and the latest in lunar science. Guests will go on a trip to the moon and learn about the significance of the Mid-Autumn Festival while hearing stories told about the moon goddess Chang’e and her companion Jade Rabbit.

When: September 9, 2022
time: From 7 to 8:30 pm
where: HR Macmillan Space Center – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
cost: $20 plus purchase fee Online

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Day

what or what: Coquitlam Heritage is hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival on the Family Moon Festival at Mackin House this weekend. The event will include a mooncake-making demonstration, music and dance, crafts, story time, and more for all ages. Everyone is invited to learn about the customs and traditions of the festival.

When: September 10, 2022
time: From 11:30 AM to 3 PM
where: Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House – 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
cost: free

Mid-Autumn Dessert Pop-up Cube Tea

Mid-Autumn Festival Vancouver

Tea Cube Desserts / Instagram

what or what: Tea Cubed Patisserie is a cooperative confectionery brand made up of three local companies: Niche Creamery, Thirstea Beverages and Kukki Jar. Tea Cubed Patisserie will bring its one-of-a-kind desserts to Burnaby Station Square PriceSmart Foods for an exclusive Mid-Autumn Festival.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll be able to try the local brand’s signature ice cream pies with milk tea sorbet in two variations: white peach ice cream pie with oolong milk tea slash, and salted egg yolk ice cream with London Fog slush.

When: From 9 to 11 September
time: Fridays and Saturdays from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and from 7 pm to 9:30 pm; Sundays from noon to 5:30 pm
where: Burnaby Price Smart Foods – 4650 Kingsway, Burnaby

Discover Sino-Canadian heritage at the Storytelling Center in Vancouver’s Chinatown

what or what: The Chinatown Storytelling Center is one of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s flagship projects. Visitors can explore the stations that wrap around the walls that reveal stories through pictures, artifacts, and descriptive paintings in English and Chinese. Each station also comes with large touch screens that enable visitors to learn through audio and visual media.

Other highlights include a room that replicates Yucho Chow’s opened 1906 Chinese photography studio, a China-inspired pagoda telephone booth, and a theater space within the Exposition Center that showcases Chinese Canadian voices and their stories. And be sure to stop by Foo Hung Curios during your visit.

When: Thursday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
time: From 10 AM to 5 PM
where: 168 East Bender Street, Vancouver
cost: 10 – 12.50 USD. Free for members and children 5 years old and younger. ticket reservation Online

Moon rabbits meet and deal with rabbits

what or what: The Rabbit Rescue Society is hosting a meet with the moon rabbits of Lavenderland in Richmond to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Meet all the adorable bunnies and celebrate the moon (or jade) bunnies with Chinese folklore and traditions. The event will provide local rabbit education as well as a rabbit feeding area, crafts and test bench for kids, and rabbit-related sale items.

When: September 10, 2022
Lavenderland, 8460 Steveston Highway, Richmond
time: From 11 am to 4 pm
the tickets: $5 minimum to donate at the door

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden

Cancouver Mid-Autumn Festival

d’s garden Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese / Facebook

what or what: Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Chinese Garden celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with a variety of day and evening activities. Visit the popular Chinatown destination for storytelling and garden tours, mooncake tastings by Sungiven Foods, live cultural performances, and more.

When: From 10 to 11 September 2022
time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 6 to 11 p.m.
where: Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carral Street, Vancouver
cost: day And the evening By making a donation, starting at $5 for the day and $10 for the evening

PoCo Mid-Autumn Festival

what or what: The Tri-City Chinese Community Association, PoCo Heritage, and members of the Vietnamese Port Coquitlam community welcome everyone to their Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Leigh Square. There will be a variety of live entertainment including Chinese and Vietnamese folk dances, dragon and lion dances and kung fu. The festival will also feature a community market and calligraphy activities.

When: September 10, 2022
time: From 1 to 6 pm
where: Lee Square, Coquitlam Harbor
cost: free

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