Monday, September 13, 2021

MOCA Is Over the Moon for FREE In-Person Mid-Autumn Festival! Plus, Virtual Events 9/16-9/21 

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Poster for the Family Festival featuring a person with brown hair in a ponytail, kneeling on a purple blanket, sharing tea and mooncakes with a white rabbit.


We’re over the moon to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋节, with 5 days of festivities, including our Mini Mid-Autumn Celebration on Saturday, September 18th. Join us in person at MOCA from 1- 4 PM EDT for an afternoon of arts & crafts and a lively dance performance and workshop led by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. See below for the full schedule and FREE registration links!


Tickets: FREE. Advanced booking required! All visitors, including Museum members, must reserve a ticket prior to visiting. Capacity is limited.


Please note: All visitors two years and older must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth during the entire length of their visit. In accordance with NYC's "Key to the City" plan, MOCA is requiring all patrons ages 12 and older to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for entry. Click here for more information.





无需预订的艺术及手工活动下午 1 - 4


Magical Moon Art – Cultural Programs Center (CPC)The full harvest moon symbolizes family reunion and coming together. Learn about the phases of the moon and then create your own craterous moon artwork, taking inspiration from the year’s brightest moon. At the end of the night, hang your moon by the door and make a secret wish for Chang’E to grant.


Spectacular Shadow Stories – Cultural Programs Center (CPC)Construct and decorate shadow puppets of Moon Goddess Chang’E, archer Hou Yi, or the Jade Rabbit using colorful vellum. When you finish your creation, head to MOCA’s shadow puppet theater to stage an original performance!


Magnificent Mooncakes – Cultural Programs Center (CPC)Mooncakes come in countless shapes, sizes, & patterns. Imagine and etch your own personalized mooncake design onto a colorful scratch art board.




New York Chinese Cultural Center Performance & Workshop, Time TBD纽约 新苗文艺中心表演与课时





More Virtual Family Fun! 💜


Can’t attend in person? Join us virtually from September 16th to September 21st as we explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with arts & crafts, MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home, and more family fun! See below or click here for the full schedule of free virtual events.




MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home! Mid-Autumn Moon Gazing!



Get ready for mooncakes and more— it’s time again for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! What stories will the moon star in this year? Find out as we read Mooncakes and share a retelling of the legend of Chang’E and Hou Yi to celebrate. We’ll zoom to the moon with some storytime songs, too, before we finish up with a jade rabbit moon viewer craft. Don’t forget to bring something round like the moon to share!

Live via Zoom Thursday, September 16, at 4 P.M. EDT



Please note that this workshop was recorded via Zoom and made available on Facebook Live for 24 hours.






MOCACREATE at Home: Paint a Mid-Autumn Moon!



The harvest moon symbolizes family reunion and coming together. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, families picnic together under the moonlight and gaze at the beautiful full moon. Learn about the phases of the moon and then create your own craterous moon artwork using salt, glue, and paint!

Check back on Friday, September 17th, for this MOCACREATE video premiere!




MOCACREATE at Home: Paper Mache a Jade Rabbit!



Will you watch the full moon (赏月) this Mid-Autumn Festival? If so, you might see the outline of the mythical Jade Rabbit! Swipe to learn more about this magical moon rabbit and then paper maché your own! Will your Jade Rabbit be making the everlasting elixir of life or yummy rice cakes?

Check back on Monday, September 20th, for this MOCACREATE debut!




MOCAKIDS: Mad for Mooncakes!


Photo courtesy Chef Li of


Sharing mooncakes with friends and family is a beloved Mid-Autumn tradition. Join pastry chef Rebecca Li (@rebeshouse) as she walks us through the multi-layer process of making mooncakes. Discover the ingredients inside mooncakes and the tools used to make them.

Check back on Tuesday, September 21st, for this MOCAKIDS video premiere!





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