On October 6, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival returns bigger and better with a special focus on the four arts of Chinese scholars: calligraphy, painting, music, and weiqi. This year, the festival has expanded beyond the garden’s white walls and into the outdoor courtyard adjacent to the Chinese Cultural Centre. Come and enjoy live performances, fun activities, and delicious food with the entire family, and get an early start on your Thanksgiving long weekend.
*Tickets at the door are only available on the day of the event from 5:30 to 10 pm. Online: Buy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Tickets
Outdoor Food Fair
Enjoy dim sum from Jade Dynasty, bubble tea from Coco Fresh Tea & Juice, treats from Good Choice Taiwanese Foods, sugar artwork, and much more at the outdoor courtyard by East Pender Street.
6:45 pm & 8:00 pm: Watch calligrapher and qiqong master Sandra Lin create a large-scale calligraphy piece with an enormous goat-hair brush.
All night: Receive a one-of-a-kind calligraphy charm created by a member of the Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club, or create your own mid-autumn-inspired art piece at our calligraphy tables.
Storytelling through Painting
5:45 pm & 6:30 pm: Fiction writer Loretta Seto reads from her children’s storybook Mooncakes
7:15–9:00 pm: Under the lantern installation created by artist Rachel Wada, the Vancouver Society of Storytelling shares the Legend of Chang’e and the origin of the mid-autumn tradition.
6:00 pm & 7:00 pm: Performance by the Folk Music Group of the Senior Chinese Society of Vancouver
8:00 pm: Performance by Sincere Lam Guzheng Ensemble
9:00 pm & 9:30 pm: Guqin performance by Diana Tang
Challenge yourself to a simplified game of weiqi with members of the SFU and UBC Go Club. Prizes include admission tickets to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, floating wish lanterns, and more.
7:30–8:00 pm: Traditional moon cake making demonstration
8:30–9:00 pm: Ice moon cake making demonstration
All night: Release a floating lantern at the garden’s pond and make a wish in the shimmering moonlight.