Moon Festival celebrations have been held throughout Asia for more than 1,000 years. This holiday is a time to reflect upon the bounty of summer harvest and the fullness of the moon. The Moon Festival is often referred as “the Asian Thanksgiving” because of its spirit of gratitude and its inclusion of abundant food.
The fourth Long Island Annual Moon Festival, also as known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at the beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, the former Gold Coast estate of the W.R. Coe family. The festival will be filled with attractive traditional Chinese arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibitions, children friendly activities, petting zoo and nonstop entertainment.
Live entertainment, such as traditional dances and music, encompassing a variety of styles and genres, will be performed throughout the festival on the main stage.
Visitors will get hands-on experience with traditional cultural activities, such as traditional paper cut arts, calligraphy, Chinese painting, shadow theater play, Chinese sugar painting and flour dough sculpture and festival games. Thousands of unique Chinese traditional handicrafts will be given away as prizes for interactive games.
The third part of the festival is the Art Fair at 11 a.m. It will be the biggest and most creative Chinese art event in Long Island area with a fashion show. More than 30 local, national and international artists and exhibitors will showcase their original selection of artworks.
Sponsors will be on-site to provide an assortment of snacks. Festival food like the traditional moon cake and ethnic food will be available for purchase. Admission is pre-sale $25 per car or $35 at the gate. All activities are included with admission.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, NY.