Annual Tacoma Moon Festival
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The Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual celebration of the rich diversity of culture in Tacoma today, brought here by our immigrant communities over the 150 years of the city’s history.
This year the Festival features performance traditions on the Chinese Pavilion Stage from South America and the Caribbean, Spain, Japan, China and, Cambodia. From the lively rhythms of the Steelband and Flamenco to the dazzling costumes and singing of Chinese Opera, to the delicate traceries of Cambodian dance, Tacoma’s immigrant traditions will be on full display!
Activities for kids will include face painting, a number of arts and crafts booths, watching Chinese opera performers apply their elaborate makeup and, of course, meeting the Moon Princess at 7 pm as the Festival closes. There will be a variety of food options from Dumplings to Burgers, and the Wine and Beer Garden will be open for adults.
It is a family event celebrating our city and its rich mix of peoples, so spend the afternoon in the Chinese Reconciliation Park on Tacoma’s Waterfront!
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The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation (CRPF) is a nonprofit organization that advances civic harmony by way of the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park along the Commencement Bay waterfront close to Old Town.
The Chinese garden motif allows the park to stand both as an acknowledgment of the forceful expulsion of the Chinese population of the City of Tacoma by municipal leaders and a large crowd on November 3, 1885, and as a celebration of the city’s multicultural past, present, and future. The expulsion was an act of exclusion in response to complex conditions of the time, among them economic decline and anti-Chinese sentiment. The park is an act of reconciliation and inclusivity toward appreciation of the people of diverse legacies and interests who are part of the city as a dynamic community.
Working with the city and the state, CRPF aims to inform and also to inspire. Through pathways and structures, as well as posted signage, visitors to the park can find out about Chinese sojourners who made their way to live and work in Tacoma and later encountered civic injustice. The park thus provides a place for contemplation but also renewal. Children can run and play, family and friends can exchange ideas, and all can be mindful of the interconnectedness of peoples.