DIY lantern workshops lead up to the 17th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

renfrew ravine moon festival 2019

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The annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back for its 17th year this upcoming Saturday, September 14th!

This popular, family-friendly event is held in the Renfrew Park neighbourhood in east Vancouver. The event itself will feature tons of live music, entertainment, beautiful art displays, food, and other surprises.

Each year, the festival attracts around 5,000+ locals and visitors to enjoy the fantastic displays of colour, light, and music that pay homage to the Renfrew Ravine: one of the last vestiges of both open stream and urban forest in the city.

Leading up to the event, there are multiple DIY lantern workshops that will lead you in the creation of your own beautiful illuminating lantern for the event itself. If you’re planning on taking part in the 2019 Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, make sure to check out one of these lantern workshops ahead of time.

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DIY lantern workshops lead up to the 17th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

Experience the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this Saturday

renfrew ravine moon festival 2017

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The festival season isn’t over quite yet! This Saturday, the 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is returning to Vancouver for a night you won’t soon forget.

An event packed full of family-fun, lantern parades, vegetable competitions, and lots of fun, the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival has something for everyone! Co-produced by the Renfrew Park Community Association and the Still Moon Art Society, the festival celebrates the first full moon of the fall.

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Experience the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this Saturday

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival 2011

Stilt-walkers make "fire circles" at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. Photo: Still Moon Arts Society

One of Vancouver’s most unique multicultural festivals happens next Saturday, September 17: the 9th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.

Taking place in East Vancouver, the free Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival honours diverse cultural traditions—including the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival—with a celebration of harvest abundance, renewal and environmental stewardship. Lanterns for the festival are made by family and friends in the community, and the choice of Renfrew Ravine as the venue further symbolizes community spirit and renewal: the Ravine, today a lovely nature park, was once a garbage pit, transformed through the loving care of the neighbouring community.

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Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival 2011

Moon Festival Celebration at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden – Sunday, September 19

This Sunday, September 19, Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is celebrating the annual Mid Autumn Moon Festival with festivities and activities for all ages.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (along with Chinese New Year) is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. It’s a festival that traditionally brings friends and families together to celebrate the harvest, admire the “harvest moon,” and eat moon cakes. The Garden’s Mid Autumn Moon Public Celebration includes Chinese Games, cooking demonstrations, live music, fortune tellers, and kids’ crafts. There will also be free tours of the Garden and two free Chinatown Walking Tours (leaving the main entrance at 11am and 2pm).

The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden’s Mid Autumn Moon Public Celebration runs from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, September 19. Entrance by donation.

Taste ‘Canadian’ Moon Cakes at Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Moon Festival Sunday Brunch

Pan Pacific Vancouver's Canadian Moon Cakes celebrate the Moon Festival

The 3,000 year-old Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, is a harvest festival that is one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar. Vancouver will be celebrating the festival in multiple ways, including the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival (September 25) and the Mid Autumn Moon Celebration at Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden (September 19).

One Moon Festival celebration that infuses a Canadian flavour—literally—into the festivities is the Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Moon Festival Sunday Brunch. The gorgeous, waterfront Pan Pacific Hotel hosts one of the most famous Sunday brunches in Vancouver, boasting a lavish buffet that beautifully marries B.C. and Asian favourites, including seafood, dim sum, omelettes, and wok dishes. In honour of the Moon Festival, this Sunday’s Brunch will take that mingling of east-meets-west even further with their unique Canadian Moon Cakes, a delicacy created just for this occasion.

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Taste ‘Canadian’ Moon Cakes at Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Moon Festival Sunday Brunch