Moon Festival Lantern Celebration

Date & Time: September 30, 2017 (5:00pm - 8:30pm)

Category: Saanich Community Events (See all events in this category)

Experience the magic of Moon Festival Lantern Celebration at Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Lambrick Park! Moon Festival is a free, family friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and cultures to share in an uplifting creative cultural celebration.

 The evening features live traditional Asian dance and musical performances by community groups; lantern making for children and a sampling of mooncakes and traditional green teas. The event culminates with outdoor lantern installations, an illuminated community lantern procession through the park followed by an outdoor musical performance.

Prizes for Best Lanterns
You are invited to create and bring a battery-powered portable lantern to be part of our illuminated community lantern event.  This year, as part of the special Canada 150 and Culture Days celebrations, Saanich Parks and Recreation will be offering three (3) prizes of $150 to lanterns created by community members - either individuals or community groups.  For more details visit the Saanich Parks & Recreation Facebook page
 
SCHEDULE:
  • 5:00-7:00pm ~ Lantern-making workshops: (Materials & light included - $3 fee per lantern)
  • 5:30-7:15pm ~ Musical performances & mooncakes and tea sampling
  • Dusk (approx. 7:25pm) ~ Illuminated community lantern procession and lantern viewing
  • 8:00-8:30pm ~ Illuminated finale performance
  • 8:30pm ~ event ends
Marking the “Harvest Moon” is a cultural practice celebrated by many Asian cultures around the world. Moon Festival Lantern Celebration fosters understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity by sharing Asian cultural traditions in music, arts, dance and performance, as well as offering hands-on opportunities for everyone to participate.
 
Dress up, bring your own creative lantern (battery-lit) or make one in our lantern making station! ($3/lantern). Food trucks will be on site.

Brought to you by Saanich Parks and Recreation in partnership with Lambrick Park Secondary School, School District 61.

Sponsors:
  • Silk Road Tea

Media Sponsors

Sponsorship and Community Supporters:
Interested in supporting our event with sponsorship or in-kind contributions? Contact us at 250 475-5558.
 
VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers help make Moon Festival a reality! Interested in helping as a volunteer? Contact us at dan.atagi@saanich.ca for more information.

 

In the event of poor weather we reccomend you bring boots and dress appropriately.  The layout of the lantern display may be impacted by poor weather.  Continue to check the Saanich Parks & Recreation Facebook page for more updates as it gets closer to the festival date.