Annual Mid-Autumn Festival Returns to the Great Park

Thursday, August 31, 2023

The City of Irvine in partnership with South Coast Chinese Cultural Center will host a Mid-Autumn Festival at the Great Park, Friday, September 29, from 5 to 9 p.m.  

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries in East and Southeast Asia. For many, it is the second-most important holiday after Lunar New Year and dates back over 3,000 years, when the Emperor of China worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests. 

The community is invited to celebrate this honored tradition with family and friends at the Great Park, enjoying live musical and dance performances, cultural exhibits, and a festive atmosphere. The festival is traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, during a full moon that coincides with harvest time in the middle of autumn. 

This family-friendly festival includes education, entertainment, crafts, food trucks, and artistic demonstrations. Local community partners will be in attendance to support the event and share organizational information and resources. This event is free, open to all ages, and no registration is required. 

The City of Irvine is committed to honoring traditional and culturally-relevant events that highlight the City’s diverse and multicultural community. Each month the City highlights cultural celebrations and religious holidays through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spotlight. For more information about these remembrances and to learn about the City’s We Are Irvine campaign, please visit  

For more information about the Mid-Autumn Festival, please visit