Fall equinox heralds Tacoma Moon Festival

  • RICKSHAW RIDES. Rickshaw will return to this year's Tacoma Moon Festival at the Ruston Waterfront. Last year, David Lay, one of the Moon Festival’s great student volunteers, drove festival-goers around. (Phot Courtesy of www.facebook.com/tacomamoonfestiv)

With the Autumnal Equinox happening this weekend (Sept. 22 to be exact), the Tacoma Moon Festival takes place on Sept. 21, noon to 8 p.m., at Chinese Reconciliation Park, 1740 N. Schuster Parkway. Admission is free.

This year's festival features music, dance and theatrical performers from a number of heritage communities, from Asia and the Pacific Islands to Europe and Mexico, who have made their homes in the Tacoma area. The festival includes live entertainment and hands-on activities for adults and children. Festival-goers will also enjoy a variety of ethnic foods in the food court.

2013 Tacoma Moon Festival Program Schedule

Opening Ceremony – 12 p.m.

Color Guard

Dragon Boat Salute on Water

Welcoming Remarks – Theresa Pan Hosley, President Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation

Reconciliation Circle – Tacoma Interfaith Leaders led by Jim LeGro

Presentation – Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Mak Fai Lion Dance

Heritage Stage Schedule

12:30 p.m. – TBA

1 p.m. – Fab 5

1:30 p.m. – Klapa Doowopella

2 p.m. – Okinawa Henji Taiko

2:30 p.m. – Filipino Community Alliance

3 p.m. – Hale Bill & the Bopps

3:30 p.m. – Wings of Grace Gospel

4 p.m. – Apato-erau Tahitian Dance

4:30 p.m. – Bailadores de bronce

5 p.m. – Qingdao Seniors Chinese Music Group

6 p.m. – Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club

Commencement Bay Schedule

12:15 p.m. – Dragon Boat Salute

3 p.m. – Zodiac Yacht Parade – Twelve animals representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac on parade aboard Tacoma Yacht Club vessels.

7:45 p.m. – Princess departs by boat back to the Moon

Tea Ceremony

1 p.m. – Chinese Tea Ceremony

2:30 p.m. – Chinese Tea ceremony

4:30 p.m. – Korean Tea ceremony

Ting Stage Schedule

12:30 p.m. – South Puget Sound Chinese Language School Lion Dance Team

1 p.m. – Calligraphy Demonstration by Prof. Jingzhen Li from Pacific Lutheran University

1:30 p.m. – Seattle Beijing Opera Art School led by Founder and Artist Mr. CAO Chen

2 p.m. – Guzheng: Traditional Chinese Instrumental Music performed by Anni Liu from Annie Wright School

2 p.m. – Musical performance by students from Evergreen Chinese Academy

3 p.m. – Mooncoyne – Irish Music Band

3:30 p.m. – Hula Dance presented by Kaimiola Polynesian Dance (“Ka-Halau-OKaimiola” with Band “Kupuna Ho’okani”)

4 p.m. – Nia Movement led by Instructor Sandra Caldwell

4:30 p.m. – Shadow of Koga Martial Arts

5 p.m. – University of Puget Sound Student Circus Club

5:30 p.m. – Taichi demonstration led by instructor Bryan Smith from Tacoma Taichi & Qigong Wellness Center

6 p.m. – The Incredible Juggling Act by Fred Tse from Laughter Masters

6:30 p.m. – Line up for the Moon Princess Procession

7 p.m. – Lantern Parade

Storytelling Stage Schedule

12:30 p.m. – Japanese Puppet Show Mary Shaver

1:30 p.m. – Trunk Show APCC

2 p.m. – Japanese Puppet Show Mary Shaver

2:30 p.m. – Trunk Show APCC

3 p.m. – Viewing Area for Zodiac Yacht Parade

3:30 p.m. – Trunk Show APCC

4 p.m. – Fred Tse, Juggling Show

4:30 p.m. – The Legend of the Moon Festival

5 p.m. – Fred Tse, Juggling Show

Closing Ceremony – 7 p.m.

Gratitude – Frances Lorenz, Event Chair

Lantern Parade

Farewell of the Moon Princess

Lantern Lift Back to the Moon


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