Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us for an outdoor Moon Festival picnic celebration with friends and family, new and long-time members! Enjoy mooncakes, socializing and song, crafts, Chinese lawn games and mahjong. Walking trails and the beach are just steps away! Bring your camp chair and a dish to share. Drinks, some Asian food items, and paper goods provided. Free event – donations accepted.

Fort Williams Park located at 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

*Free parking at specific locations around the park . Click here for more info.

  • The “hot” food service will begin around 4:30.
  • We have promoted the event as a potluck. If you do bring a food item to share, you may want to consider preparing it in serving sizes if the dish lends itself to that.
  • There will also be communal foods, mooncakes and beverages.
  • But if you are not comfortable with that, please feel free to opt out of the potluck
  • and bring your own carry-in-carry-out picnic and beverages.
  • Please remember your camp chairs.
  • Even quilts for the lawn will work! There are picnic tables at our site but a limited amount. Chairs also allow for comfortable distancing.
  • Since this is an outdoor venue with limited facilities, please note that there are no warming or refrigeration options for food items, and plan accordingly.
  • We plan to have some programming from about 3:30-4:30 before the picnic.

CAFAM’s 2020 Virtual Event Program

In 2020, the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) teamed up with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine to present a Virtual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. As we celebrate this important cultural holiday centered around the moon, we hope you and your family enjoy the stories, music, crafts and a special guest chef making mooncakes! 

Stories & Poetry

Netflix Movie: Over the Moon (2020)

“Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures.”

Thoughts in the Silent Night 静夜思

By Li Bai (李白) (701–762 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty) Li Bai used four lines of five characters to express his homesickness at the Moon (Mid-Autumn) Festival. 

床 前 明 月 光  Chuáng qián míng yuèguāng

Moonlight shining through the window 

疑 是 地 上 霜  Yí shì dìshàng shuāng 

Makes me wonder if there is frost on the ground

举 头 望 明 月  Jǔ tóu wàng míngyuè 

Looking up to see the moon

低 头 思 故 乡  Dī tóu sī gùxiāng 

Looking down I miss my hometown

For more poetry and traditional songs….

Cooking with Chris Toy – Mooncakes

Arts & Crafts

Paper Lanterns with Lucky Bamboo Crafts

Send your loved ones a postcard to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival!

The full moon is a symbol for a family reunion. Many famous ancient poets wrote poems about the moon and expressed their homesickness. Even if a family member is far away, they are appreciating the same moon with other families, as if together.

Click each image to enlarge in order to print. Make sure to use card stock if sending as a postcard via USPS.

Shanghai Ballerina Performance – World’s Got Talent

Moon Science