The annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back for the 16th year on Saturday September 22nd, 2018! A free event packed full of family-fun, live music, and art, the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival has something for everyone. Each year, the festival attracts upwards of 5,000 participants from local East Vancouver neighbourhoods to enjoy the environment around them with displays of colour, light, and music to pay homage to one of the last vestiges of urban forest in the city.
Co-produced by Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association, the festival celebrates the harvest abundance and the full moon. As a festival that spans the afternoon and evening, it goes from a harvest celebration during the day to a lantern festival at night. As dusk gathers, a procession will begin to form along the banks of the ravine, featuring lighted lanterns beautifully hand crafted by local artists, community members and students.
** MOON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE**
Harvest Fair: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Moon Festival kicks off with the Harvest Fair, a home-grown harvest competition, which features entries by local gardeners of some of Renfrew-Collingwood’s best fruits, vegetables and flowers. Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Alongside the presentations, we will have live music and food. You will also be able to explore the booths of local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups from the community.
Twilight Lantern Walk: 7:00 - 7:30 pm
The Twilight Lantern Walk is a sunset parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park. Festival-goers will light their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, serenaded by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, you will be invited to join in a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade will pass by various art installations and maybe even surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park.
Lantern Festival: 7:30 - 8:45 pm
At nightfall, time slows down as you take in the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering stream. Just outside of the stream, you will find musicians playing at the main stage, a Tea Garden full of delicious treats for you to enjoy, and a final spectacle featuring dancing, stilting, fire spinning, and fireworks.