This year the Moon Festival is scheduled for September 26, 2015!

The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is a signature festival for the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood.  It celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, honouring diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation. The 11th annual Moon Festival begins well before the actual day with lantern workshops, finale rehearsals, ravine stewardship and much more.

The first annual festival was started in 2003 by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. The Moon Festival is a co-production of Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association.

Planned activities include live music, food, booths and art installations.

Schedule:

4:00pm – Harvest Fair

7:00pm – Twilight Lantern Walk

7:30pm – Lanterns & Performances

8:00pm – Finale Spectacle

The Harvest Fair – starting at 4 at Slocan Park – will feature a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and NGO’s, some fantastic live music, a selection of hot food and our infamous Harvest Fair competition.

Harvest Fair competition categories:
Most sizeable sunflower
Most bountiful flower bouquet
Most gorgeous green bouquet
Most creative fall display
Tastiest homemade jam/jelly
Most alluring Asian vegetable
Most cumbersome cabbage
Tubbiest tomato
Heaviest zucchini
Sexiest squash
Beefiest bean
Craziest carrot

Twilight Lantern Walk – After the Harvest Fair, join us in a twilight parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park, led by the giant moon lantern. Festival goers can like their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, accompanied by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession is invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park at nightfall, for more live music, food, and wonder.

Down in the Ravine

Finale Spectacle

The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is a signature festival for the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. It celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, honouring diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation.

This event is hosted as part of the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, organized by Still Moon Arts Society. If you like our work and want to support us, you can donate here: http://stillmoon.org/contact-us/donate/

You can track our updates on our Facebook event page here.

 

In preparation for this year’s Moon Festival, Still Moon Arts has organized a series of workshops and events. We welcome your participation in our efforts to bring the community together in celebration! Find information on the Lantern workshops here.

Tuesday, September 8th: Moon Cake Making Workshop

Prepare for the upcoming celebrations by learning how to make delicious snow skin moon cakes with Jessica Yue. The workshop takes place Tuesday, September 8 at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, from 4-5PM.

Spots are limited! Please make your reservation by e-mailing mail@stillmoon.org.

The workshop costs $5 to cover the cost of ingredients. Enjoy your tasty creation when it’s all done!

Join our Facebook event here!

Monday-Friday, September 14th-18th: Bamboo and Wire Lantern Workshop

Bamboo and wire lanterns require patience as a frame needs to be built with thin pieces of bamboo or wire and then tissue paper applied over the frame. Local artist Yoko Tomita will help you master these techniques and create a memorable lantern to bring to the Moon Festival.

For the cost of $25, you can drop by the Slocan Field House for an evening workshop to hone your skills. These workshops will run daily from Monday September 14th to Friday September 18th, from 4PM-8PM.

Join our Facebook event here!

Wednesday, September 16th: Moon Music Wednesdays at Slocan Park 6PM 

Get in the Moon Festival spirit with the Rossi Gang, playing September 16th from 6-7PM at Slocan Park. Depending on weather, the event may be moved indoors.

Join our Facebook event here!

Saturday, September 19th: North Ravine Stewardship

Join Still Moon Arts from 9AM to noon on Saturday, September 19th for ravine stewardship. Show the Ravine some love and care one last time before the Moon Festival so that it looks and feels its best on the day of the celebrations!

We will be meeting in the North Ravine Garden, near Boyd Diversion. If possible, bring gloves and tools. We will have gloves and limited tools for those who need them. Long-sleeve shirts, pants, and close-toe shoes are suggested.

This event will happen rain or shine, so come prepared! Light refreshments will be provided.

Join our Facebook event here!

Monday-Wednesday, September 21st-23rd: Globe Lantern Workshop

A globe lantern can be formed in an evening and left to dry over night. The next day requires about 20 minutes to finish it and add the candle. Local artist Yoko Tomita will help guide you through the process to create a collaborative and impactful lantern for the Moon Festival

For the cost of $15, you can drop by the Slocan Field House for an evening workshop to hone your skills. These workshops will run daily from Monday September 21st to Wednesday September 23rd, from 4PM-8PM.

Join our Facebook event here!

Wednesday-Thursday, September 23rd-24th: Glass Jar Lantern Workshop

These glass jar lanterns require only a jar and some wire, meaning you can learn with us and continue creating at home! Materials provided. Local artist Yoko Tomita will make sure you leave with long lasting knowledge.

For the cost of $15, you can drop by the Slocan Field House for an evening workshop to hone your skills. These workshops will run on Wednesday September 23rd and Thursday September 24th, from 4PM-8PM.

Join our Facebook event here!

Wednesday, September 23rd: Moon Music Wednesdays Equinox at the Labyrinth 7PM

Get in the Moon Festival spirit while celebrating the Equinox by taking a contemplative walk through the Labyrinth. The evening will be accompanied by fiddling from 7-8PM.

Join our Facebook event here!