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 is again an online presentation.

Our focus this year is “Behind the Scenes”- and features 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 four Tacoma area Buddhist Temples during Festivals.

You will also find videos of the historical background to the Park and a link to walking tours of downtown Tacoma locations where Chinese and Japanese businesses were in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries.  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 on the activity page. 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 are available for order.

The 9th annual Tacoma Moon Festival would not be possible without community support.  Major event sponsors include Annie Wright Schools, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation,  Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KBTC, MultiCare, Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma Creates, The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation​, Dr. Zheng Ge & Lucy Zhou, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Sperry Marine Dock Ltd. Neptune Seafood, Inc., C W Frederick & Theresa CC Wong, James & Vicki Murphy, Arlene Joe and Richard Woo, Bill and Ann Evans.

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