Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Join us at the Museum as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
2024 Date TBD
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a thrilling Lion Dance performance by Yun Yee Tong USA, make playdough moon cakes, and dance to traditional music. Explore Chinese and Vietnamese customs of celebrating and giving thanks to the moon and the bountiful harvest season while learning more about this joyous holiday.

In many parts of Asia, it’s common during a Mid-Autumn Moon Celebration to honor and worship the moon, the people who work the land, and the food that is cultivated. The festivals coincide with the full moon on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.


Lion Dance by Yun Yee Tong USA, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Hands-on Activities

  • Make a Playdough Mooncake – use handmade, scented dough and mooncake molds to make your own decorative mooncake
  • Clay Rabbits in the Neiman Art Studio
  • Dance Under the Light of the Moon in the Theatre

Want to learn more about the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival? Watch this video from our program at the Museum.

Our supporting sponsors:

This program was made possible, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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This program is created in partnership with the Museum’s Cultural Advisors.
The museum is committed to promoting the region’s diversity through the Cultural Celebration Series so that families of all backgrounds can explore the many cultures and traditions in Silicon Valley. Cultural celebrations offer opportunities for building global awareness for people to explore and understand their cultural differences and similarities.

The series includes: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival,  Diwali Festival, Dia de los Muertos, Menorahs & Miracles, El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos, Lunar New Year, Children of the Dragon, Proud of My Family, and Juneteenth.