8 great Mid-Autumn Festival events to check out in Metro Vancouver

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

Whatever you call it, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese lunar calendar takes place on Saturday, September 10, and there are plenty of fun events taking place in Metro Vancouver for you to check out.

The Moon Festival originated over 3,000 years ago and is believed to bring good luck, bountiful harvest and lifelong happiness. The traditional Chinese festival celebrating the moon takes place on the eighth month and the 15th day of the Chinese lunar calendar.

From community celebrations to an immersive journey to the stars, here are eight great Mid-Autumn events to check out this year. Save room for mooncakes!

Light up Chinatown!

Hon Hsing Athletic Club of Vancouver (Rich Lam/Submitted)

What: The second annual Light Up Chinatown! takes place September 10-11 at 500 Columbia Street and surrounding streets of the Historic Cultural District.

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

When: September 10 to 11, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday)
Where: 500 Columbia Street and surrounding streets of Chinatown
Cost: Free

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

What: The Chinese Canadian Museum and HR MacMillan Space Center present an immersive show in the Planetarium Star Theater exploring ancient Chinese lunar folklores and the latest lunar science. Guests will go on a journey to the Moon and learn the meaning of the Mid-Autumn Festival while listening to stories told about the Moon Goddess Chang’e and her companion, the Jade Rabbit.

When: September 9, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: HR MacMillan Space Center – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Cost: $20 plus fees, online purchase

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Day

What: Coquitlam Heritage is hosting a Mid-Autumn Moon Family Day celebration at Mackin House this weekend. The event will include a mooncake making demonstration, music and dancing, crafts and story time, and more for all ages. Everyone is invited to discover the habits and customs of the festival.

When: September 10, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House – 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Cost: Free

Tea Cube Pastry Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival in Vancouver

Pastry in tea cubes/Instagram

What: Tea Cubed Patisserie is a collaborative dessert brand made up of three local companies: Niche Creamery, Thirstea Beverages and Kukki Jar. Tea Cubed Patisserie will bring its unique treats to Burnaby Station Square PriceSmart Foods for an exclusive Mid-Autumn Festival pop-up.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, you can try the local brand’s signature ice cream puffs with milk tea slushies in two different varieties: a white peach ice cream puff with a milk tea slushie oolong and a salted egg yolk ice cream puff with London Fog slush.

When: September 9 to 11
Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Burnaby PriceSmart Foods — 4650 Kingsway, Burnaby

Discover the heritage of Chinese Canadians at the Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Center

What: The Chinatown Storytelling Center is one of the flagship projects of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. Visitors can explore stations that wrap around the walls and unravel the stories through photos, artifacts, and descriptive panels in English and Chinese. Each station is also equipped with large touch screens that allow visitors to learn through audio and visual aids.

Other highlights include a room replicating Yucho Chow’s photography studio in Chinatown opened in 1906, a Chinese-inspired pagoda telephone booth, and a theater space in the center of the gallery that projects Chinese-speaking voices Canadians 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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 168 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Cost: $10 to $12.50. Free for members and children 5 and under. Book tickets online

Moon bunnies meet and feast with bunnies

What: The Rabbitats Rescue Society is hosting a Moon Rabbits Meet n Treat at Lavendarland in Richmond to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Meet all the adorable bunnies and celebrate Chinese folklore and tradition of the moon (or jade) rabbit. The event will provide pet rabbit education as well as a rabbit feeding area, a kids’ craft and quiz table, and rabbit-related sale items.

Where: Lavender, 8460 Steveston Hwy, Richmond
When: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: Minimum donation of $5 at the door

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Cancouver Mid-Autumn Festival

Classical Chinese Garden by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen/Facebook

What: The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with a variety of daytime and evening activities. Visit the popular destination of Chinatown to enjoy storytelling and garden tours, a mooncake tasting by Sungiven Foods, live cultural performances, and more.

When: September 10 to 11, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Cost: Day and Evening on donation, from $5 for the day and $10 for the evening

PoCo Mid-Autumn Festival

What: The Tri-City Chinese Community Society, PoCo Heritage and members of the Vietnamese community of Port Coquitlam welcome everyone to their Mid-Autumn Festival in 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: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Cost: Free

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