Join us for a full month of Moon Fest-ivities!
Still Moon Arts Society is excited to announce that the 18th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will be taking place this September! The festival will look quite different this year, but we are excited to offer many of our usual events and activities in an altered form throughout the month.
We invite you to join us in creative exploration of this year’s themes: Constellations and Transformation. Over the course of the year, we have been inspired by the ways communities have come together and stayed connected while remaining physically distant during these changing times. We hope our festival will allow you to safely connect across communities and to reflect on your relationship with the natural world.
Co-produced annually by Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association, the Moon Festival celebrates the full moon, the harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the artistic talents of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and communities beyond, as well as the natural beauty of Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine, one of the few remaining places in Vancouver with an open stream in a natural forest. Click here to learn about previous years’ Moon Festival.
This year, the signature events of the Moon Festival – the Harvest Fair, the Parade, the Streamside Lantern installation, and the Finale – have been adapted and spread out over multiple days (Sept 1st to Sept 27th) to ensure safety and accessibility. All in-person events require pre-registration. For those who are unable to attend in person, many events will be available online via live stream and video.
Moon Festival Opening Ceremony
7:30 – 8:30 pm @ Slocan Park
Our month-long festival will kick off with an evening of live music, origami folding, and a welcoming of the full moon.
Moon Music in the Dye Garden
7 – 8 pm @ Colour Me Local Dye Garden
Learn how to use natural dyes to make lantern paper, while enjoying a scene of ethereal music in the Colour Me Local Dye Garden.
1 – 4 pm @ Colour Me Local Dye Garden
A gathering of local plant species and people, this event explores different harvest techniques and traditions through a series of workshops.
Local Harvest Talk
2:30 – 4:30 pm @ Slocan Park
Learn about local Indigenous harvesting practices and the native plants that are important to these traditions.
Jar Lantern Workshop
6 – 8 pm @ CNH Annex
Come decorate your own beautiful glass jar lanterns at this family-friendly workshop!
Wild Salmon Caravan
Still Moon will be supporting the Wild Salmon Caravan event with our flags and costumed performers. Check out their website for details!
Lost Stream Lantern Walk
This year’s evening lantern walk will take place at a mystery location to honour the lost streams that once flowed through the neighbourhood.
Equinox Labyrinth Walk
6:30 – 7:30 pm @ Renfrew Ravine Labyrinth
Participate in a beautiful evening walk at the Renfrew Ravine Labyrinth during the Autumn Equinox.
Streamside Lantern Installation
7 – 10 pm @ Renfrew Park
Walk through the Renfrew Ravine and witness the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering Still Creek.
Rivers Day Talk
2 – 4 pm @ Renfrew Park
Listen to Indigenous storytellers share traditional knowledge and the importance of water and stream stewardship.
7 – 8 pm | Online
Join us online to watch a live streamed performance by youth featuring socially distanced choreography!
Volunteer with Us
Come help make the festival possible and become engaged in this community by volunteering for one or more of our events happening throughout September.
Support Our Work
The Moon Festival is made free to attend for all community members. We we would greatly appreciate your support in the form of a donation!
Do I need to register if I want to attend an event?
You are required to register for all in-person events that you would like to attend. All registration can be found from our Moon Festival calendar or from Eventbrite.
Is the Moon Festival free to attend?
All in-person and online Moon Festival events (with the exception of Lantern Workshops) are offered for free.
What do I do if an event I want to register for is full?
If there are no more spots for an event, please sign up for the waitlist. You will be notified by email if a spot opens up.
How will you ensure that the Moon Festival events are safe to attend?
All in-person events will have a limited capacity and will take place outdoors. Attendees will be asked to follow the safety guidelines outlined below:
- Maintain a 2 metre distance from those outside of your social bubble at all times
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering if you are able to
- Continue to follow the City of Vancouver’s guidelines around COVID-19:
- Remain at home if you are feeling sick, or if you or someone who you have been in contact with has experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the previous 2 weeks
- Remain at home if you have recently travelled outside of Canada
- Wash your hands before and after going outside
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Hand sanitizer will be provided for use at all events with hands-on activities
Additionally, if you invite friends or family to an event, please make sure they are registered so that we do not exceed the event capacity.
How can I participate if I am unable to attend in person?
Some events will be offered strictly online for the community to enjoy. In-person events may be filmed and recorded for those unable to attend. Check out our calendar for a full list of events.
Note: We are still confirming which in-person events will be filmed or live streamed. Our goal is to ensure accessibility for all community members. Please stay tuned for an update on which events will be accompanied by a virtual offering.