Autumn Moon FestivalJoin the celebration as the streets of historic Chinatown transform into a colorful bazaar for the San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival. For two days, arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children's activities, food, and more will take over Grant Avenue for non-stop entertainment. While you might be in the Western hemisphere, this spectacular festival transports you into a whole new world; watch as Chinese opera performers, martial artists, and traditional dancers come together to partake in this century-old tradition.
Beginning Saturday, September 14th, spectators will flock to this historic community for a grand parade, led by May Ed Lee in addition to other performers and civic officials. Though the event originally started in 1991, it has since grown into a prominent cultural festival celebrating the Asian tradition. Akin to a "Chinese Thanksgiving," this ancient custom reflects upon the successful summer harvest and the "fullness" of the moon. Expect thousands of moon-related memorabilia to assume the masses as San Franciscans and culture enthusiasts come from near and far to partake in this yearly festival.
Of course, if you love to shop, you've come to the right place; the Autumn Moon Festival brings together thousands of artisans for crafts galore. Expect housewares, jewelry, beauty products, and more for sale in addition to one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired gifts, including paintings, lanterns, and clothing. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some local ethnic foods as you indulge in what's sure to be a bay area highlight of the year. Just don't forget to stop by for the grand finale when the famous Dragon appears at 5:00pm on Sunday.