About the Tacoma Moon Festival

Presented by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation (CRPF), the Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual outdoor celebration held in the month of September at the Chinese Reconciliation Park to honor the rich diverse cultures of the Puget Sound region, brought here by our immigrant communities over the 150 years of the city’s history. This annual waterfront event also highlights the progress of a collaborated project between the City of Tacoma and its citizens to build the commemorated Chinese Reconciliation Park.

Annual Celebration since 2012

This family-friendly celebration brings together businesses, residents, community groups and visitors from all areas of Pierce County and beyond for a safe, fun, cultural experience. The one-day festival introduces the Asian traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival and the legend of the Chinese Moon Princess, while sharing the arts and heritage of Tacoma’s many different immigrant cultures through stage performances, crafts and other activities. The inaugural Tacoma Moon Festival was held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, and attracted over 3,000 festival goers. Receiving great media attention through our local TV, radio station, newspapers and social media, this event provides an important opportunity for building community and connections.

2021 Tacoma Moon Festival

Due to the pandemic, the 9th Tacoma Moon Festival will again be an online presentation.

Our focus this year is “Behind the Scenes”- and will feature a number of original videos taking you “backstage”- to meet the performers as they rehearse and talk about their heritage music and dance traditions, to meet cooks and makers of bubble tea, and to take a special, intimate visit to several Tacoma area Buddhist Temples during Festivals.

You will also find the historical background to the Park and a link to a walking tour of downtown Tacoma locations where Chinese businesses were in the late 19th century. Hear a reading by local author Judy Carlson Hulbert from her new young adult novel about the experience of several young people during the time of the Chinese Expulsion in 1885. You can pick up a mooncake recipe or download a kid’s activity at the virtual vendor booths. The festival will also feature several live-online events to be announced soon.

This year’s festival poster, designed by local graphic designer Rosemary Bennett, features the Moon Goddess Chang E, smiling over a celestial Moon-as-Mooncake, which shines down onto the peaceful Chinese Reconciliation Park. Festival t-shirts and posters with this special design will be available for order.

A comprehensive Moon Festival experience right on your computer or mobile device! The new Moon Festival website will be unveiled on Friday, October 1, 2021 and will remain online permanently.

Help Support this Community Event

Ways to Sponsor 2020 Tacoma Moon Festival and Future Festivals:

Harvest Moon: $5000 donation
Full Moon: $2500 donation
Half Moon: $1000 donation
Quarter Moon: $500 donation
Crescent Moon: $250 donation
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