The first annual festival was started in 2003 by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. The Moon Festival is a co-production of Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a free event?
Yes, the Moon Festival is a free event. However, we do have food and drinks for sale at Slocan Park and Renfrew Park, as well as Still Moon Arts merchandise to help support the festival. Also, any donations to help the festival and the society are greatly appreciated.
What is the schedule?
4PM to 7:00PM Harvest Fair at Slocan Park. 7:00PM – 7:30PM Lantern parade down the ravine to Renfrew Park. 7:00PM – 9:15PM Lantern installations, performances, and finale at Renfrew Park.
What are the event locations?
The event takes place at three locations, beginning at Slocan Park, then a parade down the Renfrew Ravine greenway corridor, and lastly Renfrew Park and Renfrew Ravine.
How long does it take to walk down with the parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park?
On average, the parade will take approximately 30 minutes. If you would like to bring along young children, please consider the length of time, the walking distance, content, and possible public interactions that are a part of this festival.
What is the parade route?
The parade begins at Slocan Park at 29th Ave, progresses through the Renfrew Ravine greenway, and ends at the Renfrew Ravine at Renfrew Park at 22nd Ave. The parade will take approximately 30 minutes. Parts of the ravine are narrow and may be muddy if it has rained. The Collingwood Community Police will assist the parade when crossing intersections.
Is there a shuttle bus that takes people from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide festival attendees with this service. If the parade is not a viable method of transportation to Renfrew Park, the 16 bus runs from 29th Skytrain Station to Renfrew Park and can be taken back up if needed.
What kind of path is the parade on?
The material of the path varies from concrete sidewalks, gravel, and dirt. The width of the path ranges from 1 to 2m. The pathway is stroller and wheelchair friendly, but the parade may be crowded and congested. Please plan accordingly to arrive at Renfrew Park.
Is this event wheelchair accessible?
Generally, the festival is wheelchair accessible. You can access all parts of the festival if you are in a wheelchair or accompanying a person(s) in wheelchairs. Also, washrooms located at Renfrew Park Community Centre and Slocan Park are wheelchair accessible. However, there are some steep slopes, narrow paths, and grassy and sometimes muddy areas in the park and ravine. While some of these obstacles we cannot address, we do actively try to ensure there are artistic installations and activities in all the areas of our event.
Is this a scent-free/scent-reduced environment?
As this is a public festival, we cannot guarantee a scent-free/scent-reduced environment; at the same time we ask all participants to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and/or heavy scents.
Are there gender neutral washrooms available?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide gender neutral washrooms at this time. Please contact our partners at Renfrew Park Community Centre for more information.
Is there parking at the festival?
Parking is extremely limited at both Slocan Park and Renfrew Park. We strongly encourage people to take public transportation, bike, or walk. The Harvest Fair portion of the festival is at Slocan Park next to 29th Ave. Skytrain, and the Renfrew Park location is a 10-15min walk to either Renfrew Skytrain Station or 29th Ave. Skytrain Station.
Where can I lock up my bike?
Bike racks are available at Renfrew Library, Renfrew Park Community Centre, and 29th Skytrain Station.
Is food available for purchase? (and when?)
Food is available for purchase at Slocan Park from 4-6:45PM and at Renfrew Park from 7-8:45PM. While we will have the necessary serviceware for the food and drink, we strive to have our events be zero waste. Please bring your own cutlery, plates, and mugs.
Where can I pick up a festival program?
Programs can be found at the Still Moon Arts booth, one at Slocan Park and one at Renfrew Park (by the Renfrew field house). Volunteers will be providing programs the parade-goers who arrive at Renfrew. Programs will also be available online the week of the festival.
What happens if it rains?
The festival will happen rain or shine. Please be mindful of muddy areas in the park. Some installations may be shifted or cancelled depending on the weather.
Are pets allowed?
Service animals are welcome on the festival site. This is a popular nighttime festival and poor visibility of your pet, the high volume of foot traffic on congested pathways, and fireworks, will not be the best experience for your furry friend. Please leave your pet at home.
Can I make lanterns on-site?
Lanterns will not be made on-site on the day of the festival. If you would like to make a lantern, feel free to visit our lantern workshops leading up to the festival. More information can be found here.
Are lanterns sold at the event?
Yes, we will have a variety of jar lanterns and globe lanterns for sale at Slocan Park and Renfrew Park. Quantities are limited.
Does the Moon Festival have anything to do with the Mid-Autumn Festival?
Yes, the Moon Festival is held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon, which recognizes the coming of the harvest season. Traditionally, the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Lantern Festival, will have lanterns to celebrate the festivities.
Can I bring flying lanterns?
Flying lanterns are strictly prohibited from this event. Please do not bring them to the Moon Festival.
How can I support the festival?
Please visit the Still Moon Arts booths at both sites to onate to the festival. We will also have volunteers walking around the festival asking for donations. We also accept online donations here. Also like us and share our social media.
What can I bring to make the best out of my Moon Festival experience?
Comfortable shoes, a small backpack, reusable cutlery and plates. We encourage everyone to bring a lantern to the festival. Make sure to check out the lantern workshops for an opportunity to create your very own lanterns. If you bring a flashlight, please be mindful of others in the area as well as the lantern installations that require a dark environment.