It’s Time for the Chinatown Moon Festival!

The moon Festival is also known as the Lantern FestivalSaturday night Chinatown will celebrate the 74th annual Moon Festival. The Autumn Moon Festival takes place in the Central Plaza beginning at 5pm. It is believed that this is the time of the year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, and anyone who saw that super moons would have to agree. Since it follows the lunar calendar, the celebration can take place at different times. The moon is a symbol of family, so family reunions often take place during the celebration, and there is a heavy focus on family unity. For agrarian areas of China, it is also a Harvest festival.

The celebration includes a Craft Beer Garden Curated by Eagle Rock Brewery, food trucks including our favorite, Tabom, moon viewing, live music brought to you by The LA Weekly, a Photo Booth with Original Vintage Cutouts, Calligraphy Demos, Clay Sculpture, Face Painting, and most exciting of all – Fruit Carving! Entertainment includes Acrobatics and a Contortionist, Ukelele, and the East Wind Lion Dance Troupe. There will also be a marketplace with Scoops, Hop Woo and Golden City, plus many more. Local art galleries will host openings with modern art and free booze.

There will be the usual cooking demos, once again expertly emceed by Shirley Zhang and Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining and Los Angeles Magazine. Exciting events at the Culinary Stage include a Cocktail Demo, a Moon Cake Eating Competition, and Lisa’s Dumpling Party!

Saturday, September 13, 2014 5pm-12am Central Plazas 943-951 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 Free for all ages. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.

And for the last time, please do not touch the damn monkey. I am watching you!

Schedule after the jump!

Culinary Stage
Hosts: Eddie Lin & Shirley Zhang
6:00 Cocktails
6:30 Demo by Bowl’d
7:00 Demo by Golden Dragon
7:30 Demo by Mandarin Chateau
8:00 Queen and Court and Moon Cake sampling
8:20 Moon Cake Demo by Wonder Bakery
8:45 Shoot for the Moon(cake) Eating Competition
9:15 Lisa’s Dumpling Party

Central Plaza Main Stage
5:00pm South Pasadena Strings Program
5:45pm Acrobatics & Contortionist
6:00pm Jason Arimoto on Ukelele
7:00pm Hi! Skool
7:30pm Acrobatics & Contortionist
7:45pm Jason Arimoto on Ukelele
8:45pm East Wind Lion Dance Troupe
9pm MAX V

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage
Curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbandla.com

6 PM Run Things
7 PM The Singles
8 PM SD3 (featuring Cary Brothers)
9 PM Beat Club
10 PM Dorothy
11 PM Crash Kings 

Elise Thompson

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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