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September 19, 2017

Join in a lantern parade at annual Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown

Bring the whole family to this free-to-attend event

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Chinatown Philadelphia Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

The Chinese Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch marks the entrance to Chinatown.

Chinatown will host its annual Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. Every year on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, Chinese and other Asian cultures celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Philly's family-friendly outdoor celebration will take place during the afternoon and early evening, from 12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Enter the neighborhood through the brightly colored Friendship Gate at Arch and 10th streets. There will be street performances, live music, Kung Fu demonstrations, carnival games and art activities.

Check out the mooncake eating contest, too. Mooncakes, dense Chinese pastries, are a dessert traditionally eaten during the festival for good luck.

At 6 p.m., there will be a dragon dance, lion dance and a lantern parade through Chinatown to end the celebration.

Chinatown's 22nd Annual Mid-Autumn Festival

Saturday, Sept. 23
12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Free to attend; pay-as-you-go
Friendship Gate
Arch and North 10th streets