Are you brave enough to venture around Los Angeles during Carmaggedon? This weekend the 405 is closing once again for construction, and high traffic is anticipated on all freeways. If you’re staying in hotels close to Universal Studios Hollywood, you can hop on the Red Line to Union Station and take the Gold Line to Chinatown to catch the 74th Annual Moon Festival!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese for over 3,000 years. Los Angeles Chinatown will be celebrating along with its home country this weekend. The 74th festival will fuse traditional ceremonies with modern interpretations. Event-goers will have the chance to experience cultural acts such as lion dancers and kung fu artists within Chinatown’s Central and West Plaza.
There will be hands-on cultural workshops, art gallery openings, food trucks, artisans, ghost storytelling, ping pong tournaments to celebrate the Moon Festival, along with shopping and dining at Chinatown merchants and restaurants. Chinatown’s bakeries will be offering complimentary moon cake sampling. Chinatown’s best chefs will demonstrate their skills in an outdoor kitchen, with samples to share.
Children can also enjoy art projects themed after the Moon Festival. As the moon starts to rise above the horizon of the Hollywood hills, attendees will be able to view the bright harvest moon in great detail using telescopes from Griffith Observatory. Observatory employee Anthony Cook will give tips on how to get the best view of the moon during this time.
The Harvest Moon Festival is free for all ages to attend. Plenty of street and event parking is available nearby. For more ideas on how to spend Carmaggedon, visit www.artmageddonla.com for local art galleries, theaters, museums and music near you!
Dates: September 29, 2012
Location: Central & West Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information, please visit www.chinatownla.com.