The 2010 Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown is big fun.
This annual event celebrates the lunar with parades down historic Grant Ave, food (of course) and plenty of arts and crafts.
September 18-19 in Chinatown.
More from the San Francisco Chinatown website:
After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake hurt the San Francisco Bay Area economy, the Chinatown Merchants Association was established in 1991 to bring attention back to Chinatown as a great place to visit. Having the Autumn Moon Festival was a way to bring back visitors and attract new ones to Chinatown.
The Moon Festival showcases the community’s many cultural assets. The festival is held around the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, when the moon is full and at its brightest. The date coincides closely with the autumn equinox of the Western calendar. This time also marks the end of the summer harvest. As a result, the festival has long been an occasion to give thanks for the bounty of the land. Chinatown’s historic Grant Avenue will again be transformed into an Asian theme park with over 200 art and crafts booths, food concessions, and nonstop street and stage entertainment. At the Moon Festival, you will see a lot of food including bubble tea drinks, moon cakes, tea sampling, and dim sum demonstrations. In this respect, the Autumn Moon Festival has similarities with Thanksgiving [...]
Side note: Last week we did feature the Autumn Moon Festival in The Sunset. Two Festivals! Who knew?