Snug Harbor Announces 2017 Autumn Moon Festival

A celebration of Asian culture featuring traditional music, dance, martial arts, and crafts

Release date August 23, 2017

Staten Island, NY – Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the annual Autumn Moon Festival for Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Snug Harbor’s New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

The annual Asian-themed festival features activities and events for the whole family. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors, and Snug Harbor members. Children five and under will be admitted free.  Tickets are available at

Guests will enjoy performances of traditional Asian music and dance, storytelling, tours, demonstrations of martial arts and Tai Chi, food for sale, lessons in Chinese calligraphy, tours of the NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden, and more.  Members of the Qipao Association, New York Chinese Cultural Center, and SEIDO Karate will be performing as part of the signature attractions.

“We’re excited to welcome everybody back for our annual Autumn Moon Festival,” said Snug Harbor’s President & CEO Aileen Fuchs. “The NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden is the perfect venue for families to celebrate Asian culture and heritage. We’re very grateful to our community partners for contributing their unique talents and being a part of another successful event.”

Snug Harbor would like to extend special thanks to the Chinese American Club of Staten Island, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the Staten Island Chinese Christian School, the Friends of the NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden, and volunteers Ellen Wu, Dr. Ronald Altman, Kevin Chau, and employee volunteers from Merrill Lynch.

The Autumn Moon Festival celebrates the seasonal harvest fest in East Asia, which dates back to at least 2000 B.C.  The Autumn Moon Festival aligns with harvest festivals such as China’s Zhongqiu Jie, Japan’s Fukushima Autumn, Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival and Vietnam’s Tet Trung Thu, when the moon is at its fullest.

Snug Harbor’s NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden was built in 1999 and is based on original designs by Zou GongWu, a recognized leading scholar of classic garden design.  All funds raised at the Autumn Moon Festival support the ongoing maintenance of the NYCSG.

About Snug Harbor: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America. It consists of 26 historical buildings, nine distinctive botanical gardens and 10 acres of wetlands on a unique 83-acre campus in Staten Island. Formerly Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished regional arts center where history, architecture, visual art, theater, dance, music, environmental science and botanical gardens provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor is also home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.