As a tradition since 1991, Chinatown will be lighting up their streets and displaying their traditional dragons and lanterns for the 27th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival on September 30 & October 1. Hosted by the Chinatown Merchants Association, the festival will include a range of cultural activity as well as crafts and food.
Beginning the event is a grand parade on California and Grant which will be led by civic officials and followed by entertaining cultural performances, dances, and various floats celebrating the theme of this festival: the moon. The parade starts at 11am.
Take a bite of authentic Chinese culture and try a moon cake - a semi-sweet pastry stuffed with bean or lotus-seed paste shaped like the moon. It is said that millions of these special moon cakes are gifted during the Moon Festival, so why not try one yourself?
Along with the many traditions and displays that come with the Moon Festival are an array of vendors selling an assortment of gifts and ethnic foods at special prices. Find thousands of crafts, home decor, jewelry and more inspired by Asian culture.
Winding up the festival on Sunday evening will be the 27th Anniversary White Crane Dragon Parade and Closing Ceremonies, starting at 5:30pm at Grant and California Sts.
The festival will be held on the streets of Chinatown and Grant Avenue. It is recommended that you take public transportation. The event is free and open to the public.