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Dates:Sunday, August 11, 2019 - Sunday, August 11, 2019
Hours:10:00am - 5:00pm
Category:Fairs & Festivals

annual august moon festival chinatown 2019 photoJoin the outdoor party in Chinatown to celebrate the end of the harvest season. There will be music, food, activities, storytellers and a dragon parade to celebrate the full moon. Be sure to leave room for mooncakes. Yum!

Come celebrate the August Moon Festival in Boston's Chinatown on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Check out our cultural performances on one of the 2 stages or peruse the stands of our many street vendors.

Chinatown will be filled with food vendors, lovely souvenirs, and exciting performances.

At the Harrison/Beach Street stage, visitors to the festival can watch dancing, musicians, martial artists, and various other performers. You'll find it all happening on Beach and Harrison Streets, in Boston's Chinatown. Rain or shine.

Take your family and friends out to celebrate Chinatown's Annual Autumn Festival!

CCBA is pleased to announce Chinatown’s 50th August Moon Festival, which will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 10AM – 5PM. Please join us for a day of music, martial arts, food, arts and crafts, street vendors and more.

Each year, CCBA organizes Chinatown’s August Moon Festival. Now in its 50th year, Chinatown’s August Moon Festival is a day-long event filled with cultural performances as well as Chinese calligraphy, arts and crafts, and various vendors of Chinese food and merchandise.

The Festival not only celebrates an important Chinese holiday, but also serves to attract people of all backgrounds to Boston’s Chinatown, to highlight what the CCBA and Chinatown’s offerings, and to educate people on Chinese culture, such as lion dancing, Chinese opera, music and folk dance, and martial arts.

The event attracts thousands of spectators from the greater Boston area and beyond to Boston’s Chinatown each year.

Although there is much Chinese lore concerning the August Moon Festival, this Chinese holiday, which traces its origins back to 771 BCE, historically celebrated the annual harvest of rice and wheat on a night of the full moon.

Today, the August Moon Festival in Chinese culture is very similar to American Thanksgiving. The fundamental concepts the August Moon Festival celebrates are the gathering of friends and family, thanksgiving, and prayers for the future.

Mooncakes, a round Chinese dessert typically filled with lotus bean paste and an egg yolk (representing the moon), and which are a symbol of familial unity, are shared between family and friends as part of the celebration.

Come join the CCBA in this celebration on Sunday, August 11, 2019. This event is open to the public, no admission fee is required.



Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 542-2574

Boston’s Chinatown (Harrison Avenue and Beach, Tyler, Hudson, and Oxford Streets), Main Stage in Phillips Square (by the corner of Harrison Ave. and Essex St.)

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  • This is a crowded event, so getting around with a stroller may be difficult. Backpack carriers are your best bet, so tots can be above it all maneuvering the crowds will be a lot easier. Chinatown is a relatively small area so if crowds aren't your thing, best to choose another event.

2-starNothing to scream about
Kind of an overcrowded chaotic event. Hard to see performances, and to work you way through the crowds. We had some awesome Dim Sum, but the wait was quite long as a result of the event. Not really for kids, although there was a small area with a couple of games & rides.


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