Chinatown’s Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair
September 14 – 15, 2013
Experience one of the most exciting cultural events in San Francisco at Chinatown’s annual Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair full of music, cuisine and heritage. The historic streets of Chinatown will be transformed into a vibrant and colorful street bazaar filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, live music and authentic Chinese cuisine. For two days the San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival on historic Grant Avenue will be filled with exciting entertainment, performances, and fun-loving locals partying in the streets of Chinatown.
Chinatown’s Autumn Moon Festival kicks off on Saturday morning with a grand parade on California and Grant led by Mayor Ed Lee, beauty queens, cultural performers and lion dancers. The festival is also a shopper’s utopia with vendors lining many city blocks with beautiful Asian arts and crafts, paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, home décor, plants, handbags, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Sample delicious Chinese and Asian cuisines offered bt local food trucks and try and tradition moon cakes. The famous Chinese Dragon appears on Sunday at 5 p.m. as the grand finale of the festival and street fair.
A 1000-year old Asian tradition, the Moon Festival is a rich cultural experience – from Chinese opera performers to martial artists, contemporary pop bands to traditional dancers – that gives insight into the cultural diversity of this unique San Francisco neighborhood. The holiday is a time to give thanks to the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and the myth of the immortal moon Goddess, Chang O. Started in 1991, the San Francisco Autumn Moon Festival was originated in the spirit of gratitude and to revitalize the Chinatown community.
For more information on this free event, visit http://www.moonfestival.org/.