The Moon Festival is this Saturday at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre

The Moon Festival is this Saturday at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Saanich moves into fall with the Moon Festival

Moon Festival returns to Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Lambrick Park, Saturday night, Sept. 17

As autumn approaches, Saanich is getting ready to welcome the change of seasons with its modern tradition of the Moon Festival this Saturday.

The sixth annual community celebration showcases multicultural talent from around the region, in addition to marking the coming of fall. The festival, held at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Lambrick Park, coincides with the lunar calendar to ensure a bright full moon over the park.

“It’s a celebration of light, but also of the multicultural community and heritage of both our own region as well as the Gordon Head neighbourhood,” said Brenda Weatherston, community arts specialist with the district.

“It started as an event in partnership with the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria and developed out of their Luminara celebration.”

Perhaps the biggest draw of the event is the illuminated lantern procession, which sees hundreds of glowing lanterns light up Lambrick Park at twilight. A number of large lanterns designed by local artists will be installed around the park, in addition to regular lanterns carried throughout the procession.

“We get somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people in that procession,” said Weatherston, “and it’s been growing every year. It’s a wonderful celebration – there’s lots of creativity.”

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lanterns or make one at the rec centre’s lantern making station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the cost of $3.

At 6 p.m., the live entertainment kicks off with displays by local performing arts groups, including the Victoria Chinese Performing Arts, Furusato Dancers, Sampaguita Dancers, Victoria Chinese Seniors, Shan-e-Punjab Dancers, Victoria Chinese Dance Academy and Uminari Taiko. Some of the performances will be held inside Lambrick Park Secondary.

Then, around 7:45 p.m., everybody will light their lanterns for the procession, led by Uminari Taiko. Light refreshments – including mooncakes and tea – will be available throughout the evening, with the procession ending at 9 p.m.

Admission is free and the event will also feature food trucks, hands-on bucket drumming and fire truck tours with the Saanich Fire Department.

Parking is limited, so attendees are asked to walk, bike, take transit or park offsite to get to the event.

For more information, call the Gordon Head Recreation Centre at 250-475-7100.

jacob.zinn@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria police continue to look for missing man Tyrone Goertzen and are once again asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Victoria police put out another call for help finding missing man

Tyrone Goertzen, 33, was first reported missing June 4

Rachel Rivera (left) and Claire Ouchi are a dynamic art duo known as the WKNDRS. The two painted the new road mural at Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Artistic mural at Uptown brings creativity, fun to summer shoppers in Saanich

Road installation the largest of its kind in Greater Victoria

Kathy and Doug LaFortune stand next to the new welcome pole now gracing the front entrance of KELSET Elementary School in North Saanich. LaFortune completed the piece after suffering a stroke with the help of his wife and son Bear. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
KELSET school in North Saanich unveils welcome pole on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Carver Doug LaFortune completed pole with the help of his son, wife after suffering a stroke

Colwood council is looking at potential summer weekend closures to traffic of a section of Ocean Boulevard at Esquimalt Lagoon, to allow for more of a park-like setting during summer events such as the popular Eats & Beats event, shown here in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mayor lobbying for summer weekend closures of beachfront Colwood roadway

Rob Martin to bring motion forward to June 28 council meeting

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

Bernadette Jordan addresses the media following a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on January 14, 2019. Jordan says the government will provide $2 million to allow First Nations to continue to strengthen the marine safety system across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
First Nations receive federal funds to purchase marine rescue boats

Quatsino, Heiltsuk, and Kitasoo First Nation’s among eight across Canada to receive funding

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctors urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Most Read