Moon Festival

Come celebrate the all-new Moon Festival at Oakland Zoo on September 17th from 10am-3pm. This special day will be one your family is sure to enjoy with Asian-inspired festivities, live music, entertainment, and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, arts, crafts, and enrichment-making stations for the Asian Sun Bears.

The Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival) is a harvest festival celebrated throughout much of Asia. It is held at the time of the year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, hence the name. It is a day to gather with family, play games, dance, and eat traditional Moon Cakes, a pastry whose round shape symbolizes the reunion of family.

Oakland Zoo will honor several traditions of the Moon Festival, including a lion dance, games, and of course, moon cakes!

  • Live music, DJs, and entertainment from radio stations KFOX, Q102, KBLX, KOIT, and The Game
  • Lion Dance Parade with a martial arts demonstration
  • Photo oppportunities with Oh Bear the Sun Bear
  • Face Painting
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Enrichment making station - make snacks for the sun bears to eat!
  • lots more!
  • Kinder's Barbecue (Adventure Landing)
  • Traditional Moon Cakes will be available for purchase

Thank you to our Moon Festival Partners!