Queens Botanical Garden Proudly Participates in
Flushing’s 8th Annual Moon Festival
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Flushing, NY - The 8th-annual Moon Festival, organized by the Flushing Development Center, will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2008, with activities planned for September 12 and 14. The festival's roots stem from the traditional Chinese Harvest Moon celebration, which falls on the eighth month and 15th day of the lunar calendar. This year's harvest moon is on September 14. Queens Botanical Garden is proud to once again participate in this unique community event.
“It’s only fitting that QBG play a large part in this event since the Moon Festival celebrates the abundance of the summer harvest,” said QBG Executive Director Susan Lacerte. “QBG has enjoyed an outstanding year, with the addition of our new Visitor & Administration Center, the most advanced green building in New York City, and the varied scope of programs and events we presented. QBG enjoys serving the entire community of Queens, and we appreciate the way the Moon Festival celebrates the multicultural community that surrounds us.”
On September 13, the day of the actual festival, the festival’s multicultural performance and hot air balloon rides will take place at Queens Botanical Garden from 6 – 8 pm. Activities will take place at additional Flushing venues beginning at 3 pm, including a Fantasy Parade down Main Street from 5 - 6 pm.
The complete schedule of activities for this year’s Moon Festival is as follows:
Friday, September 12, 2008
6:30-7 pm - Cultural Performance at Taiwan Night at Shea Stadium
Saturday, September 13, 2008
2-6 pm – Kite Show at Kissena Corridor Park (Main Street and Elder Avenue opposite Queens Botanical Garden.)
5-6 pm - Fantasy Parade on Main Street (From 40th Road to Queens Botanical Garden)
6-8 pm - Multicultural Performance at Queens Botanical Garden (Main Street and Elder Avenue)
6-6:30 pm – Moon Cake Eating Contest at Queens Botanical Garden (Main Street and Elder Avenue)
6-8 pm - Hot Air Balloon at Queens Botanical Garden (Main Street and Elder Avenue)
8-8:15 pm - Fireworks at Kissena Corridor Park (Main Street and Elder Avenue)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
10 am-6 pm - Street Fair on Sanford Avenue (Main Street and Union Street)
The Annual Moon Festival is an important community event in Flushing organized by the Flushing Development Center. Participants include: Community Board 7, Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Flushing Chinese Business Association, Korean TV, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens, Hindu Temple Society of North America, Masjid Hazrat-1-Abubakr, Multicultural Committee of the Jewish Community Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Queens Botanical Garden and Sikh Center of Flushing.
“Last year, thousands of people from Queens and beyond enjoyed Flushing’s Moon Festival, and the festival continues to grows each year,” said President of the Flushing Development Center and the festival’s chief organizer Fred Fu. “ This festival forges a sense of community, and people from every culture participate. No matter where you are watching the sky, you’re all seeing the same moon.”
Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. Parking is available in the Garden’s lot on Crommelin Street. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.