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Chinatown celebrates harvest moon with a festival this weekend

Don’t let the morning marine layer keep you from thinking it’s still summer, but we’re gearing up to saying goodbye to 100 degree weather. Chinatown is celebrating the coming of Fall (which is September 23) and the Harvest Moon with its 73rd Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Apart from the art activities, food trucks, and a craft beer garden (yes!), the best part is the moon viewing via telescope provided by Griffith Observatory. Although the full moon was officially on Sunday, it will still be a nice night to check out the brilliant moon.

Full schedule after the jump:

West Plaza:

Artisan: Calligraphy by Guojing Cui, Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong from 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Storytelling with Barbara Wong 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Moon Viewing with a telescope provided by Griffith Observatory from 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Central Plaza:

Food Trucks: Chunk n Chip, Crepe’n Around, Don Chow Tacos, Flying Pig, LA BBQ Guy, Patty Wagon LA, Poutine Truck, Sizzler, Tropical Shave Ice, White Rabbit from 5:00 pm – 12:00 midnight

Martial Arts Demo by Master Xiaojun Wang of JIN WU KUNGFU on the Main Stage from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd on the Main Stage from 9:00 pm – midnight

Ping Pong Tournament from 5:00 pm – midnight

Grand Star Craft Beer Garden from 5:00 pm – midnight

Roaming Street Performance (magic by Minh Tran) from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is produced by Chinatown Business Improvement District with Special Thanks to Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation, ChungKing Plaza Association and Griffith Observatory.

73rd Annual Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – midnight
Central Plaza & West Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway

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