Moon Festival 2017

The 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is scheduled for September 30th, 2017.

This year’s theme, Migrations, allows attendees to reflect on the global movements that occur every day, from the smallest of salmon fry to the largest of humans. Birds journey across land and sea to discover new places and build their nests; salmon and fish swim across vast oceans to spawn new life and continue the survival of their species and others; humans flow within and across boundaries to pursue new opportunities, reunite with loved ones, or find safety. With the current issues in our world, these systems of movement have played a significant role in people’s identity and relationships. As you yourself move through the festival and experience the installations of this year’s event, we invite you to discover your own stories and how you relate to this year’s theme.

Leading up to the big day, there will be multiple events throughout the month to celebrate the Harvest Moon with music and entertainment.

Friday 22 September – Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk. Starts at 6:00pm at the Renfrew Ravine with a Great Blessings of Still Creek with ancient rituals of Eastern Orthodox. Then a candle-lit procession starting at 6:20pm up to the Labyrinth where Still Moon Arts will be hosting a Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk from 6:30-7:30pm.

Sunday 24 September – World Rivers Day. Starts at 9:00am at the land bridge (27th and Atlin Street) with the founder of World Rivers Day speaking, followed by two presentations on birds and tidal marshes. From 10-12pm, you can either help plant native riparian species with Evergreen and/or survey the benthic invertebrate. From noon onwards, enjoy a performance, some treats, and crafts. More information at our Facebook event.

Below, you will find out more about the schedule of the Moon Festival itself on September 30th, 2017.

Harvest Fair

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

  • Time: 4:00-6:45pm
  • Location: Slocan Park
  • Features: This family-friendly event at Slocan park kicks off the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. Attendees will enjoy playing games, making crafts, enjoying talented local musicians, eating delicious food, engaging with local community booths, and more! Featured activities include the Harvest Fair competition, where community members enter the best from their summer gardens and the results are announced just before the parade leaves. Everyone can make last-minute lanterns or purchase pre-made lanterns by local artists.

Twilight Lantern Walk

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

  • Time: Departs at 6:45pm
  • Location: Beginning at Slocan Park
  • Features: As the moon rises and the sun sets musicians and dancers prepare the way for the twilight lantern parade along our beloved ravine. The appearance of the giant moon lantern tells us it is time. Festival goers can light their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, accompanied by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession is invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park.

Renfrew Park


Photo by Jenn Lin

  • Time: 7:15-8:30pm
  • Location: Renfrew Ravine, beside Renfrew Park
  • Features: The parade crosses the street, leaves the streetlights, and descends into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek, lined with lights, floating lantern art, and ethereal music. Time slows down as community members pause to offer Prayers for the Water and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, music, and the gently shimmering stream. Just outside of the stream, you’ll find musicians playing at the main stage, a Tea Garden full of delicious treats for you to enjoy, and a Mobile-Friendly Lantern Walk for everyone to enjoy.
    See event program for a full map of lantern installations! 

Finale Spectacle

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Location: Renfrew Park Field
  • Features: The event finishes off on the field, where youth performers showcase their choreographed performance including dancing, stilting, and fire spinning. The spectacle is accompanied by live music playing swing and jazz music. Bring your dancing shoes and participate in the dance floor right in front of the stage! The spectacle ends with an explosion of fireworks as a back-drop to the youth performers.