Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! In Chinese tradition, this festival involves gathering together with family to mark the end of the harvest season, admire the beauty of the full moon and eat holiday foods, including mooncakes. Enjoy tours, special cuisine, storytelling, drum performances and much more!

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is part of PEM's year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home.

Yin Yu Tang--translated as "Hall of Plentiful Shelter"--was home to the Huang family for nearly two hundred years. For the past 20 years, Yin Yu Tang has been a gateway into understanding the art and culture of generations of families living and working in rural Southeastern China. Since 2003, over 850,000 people have visited this unique, immersive environment at PEM.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Same-day tickets required, limited availability. Tickets available at the Information desk.

Explore the history of Yin Yu Tang and the Huang family with an enhanced guided tour.
Accessibility-friendly tours available beginning at 2:15 p.m.

(Earlier tours are not wheelchair accessible and require a step up to enter.)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Atrium Café
Enjoy a selection of food at our Atrium Café, inspired by Huizhou cuisine from Yin Yu Tang's home region.

Boston Drums & Dulcimer Ensemble
9:45-10 a.m. | Main Entrance (161 Essex Street)

Before the museum opens its doors for the day, our Mid-Autumn Moon Festival kicks off with a drum performance by the Boston Drums & Dulcimer Ensemble, a group of young Chinese-American musicians led by Program Director Shirley Wong.

Chinese Folktales with Limin Mo
10:30 - 11 a.m. | East India Marine Hall

Join us for a special program with award-winning writer and artist Limin Mo, who will transform the East India Marine Hall with a storytelling performance.

Lantern Making with Limin Mo
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | East India Marine Hall

In Chinese culture, lanterns are a symbol of family reunion and good fortune, and are an important part of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Make your own lantern to take home and light up your own celebrations with family and friends!

Boston Drums & Dulcimer Ensemble
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Main Atrium

Watch the same troupe of youth performers that opened our festival day fill the Main Atrium with the sounds of drums and hammered dulcimer. Stick around after their performance to touch the instruments and meet the musicians!

Play Dough Mooncakes
1 - 4 p.m. | Create Spaces Studios

Mooncakes are a Chinese dessert enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and symbolize family unity. Stop by the Create Space Studios to make play dough mooncakes that honor this celebration!

Over the Moon (2020)
2:30 - 4 p.m. | Morse Auditorium
Same-day tickets required. Tickets available at the Information desk.

When Fei Fei misses her mother, she decides to build her own rocket and travel to the moon to enlist the help of a legendary goddess. Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho and Sandra Oh star in this animated musical directed by Glen Keane.

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes. Rated PG. Courtesy of Netflix. Please note this film explores themes of grief and loss, and is recommended for children 6 years and up. Caregiver discretion is advised.

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat, Sep 30, 2023


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