Flushing Skyview Center to host Moon Festival celebration

The award-winning Nai-ni Chen Dance Company will perform at the Flushing Skyview Center’s Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10. (Photo courtesy of The Shops at Skyview Center)

The Shops at Skyview in Flushing will host a celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, to honor the Moon Festival, a significantly important festival in many Asian communities. 

The festivities will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Level 4 and Level 6 inside the shopping center, located at 40-24 College Point Blvd. The center is providing both complementary and ticketed events for everyone in the Queens area to enjoy.

The Moon Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. It is also celebrated by many other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

“Moon Festival or the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for families to gather for dinners or barbecues, enjoy the full moon and mooncakes,” said Wesley Sin, marketing manager for ShopCore Properties, owners and managers of The Shops at Skyview. “We think of our community as family, and we invite everyone to join us on Sept. 10 to celebrate this important holiday and create lifelong memories together.”

Shoppers can experience this unique cultural celebration starting with an extraordinary dance performance presented by award-winning Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Dancers will perform an Asian ribbon and feather fan dance with contemporary twists. 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (Photo courtesy of Shops at Skyview)

The performance is inspired by the legend of a fairy on the moon. There will also be a live music performance from MISS, a New York-based, all-female band dedicated to promoting Asian instruments and other complementary events, including an immersive Mid-Autumn photo booth with traditional wardrobe experiences located on Level 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

On Level 6, starting at 4 p.m., guests can participate in a Moon Cake DIY workshop. Included in the workshop are moon cake ingredients, a special gift box and a $20 coupon to Grandma’s Dim Sum, located inside The Shops at Skyview. Tickets for this experience are $20 per person.

A moon cake (Photo courtesy of Shops at Skyview)

 “To celebrate the Moon Festival, our guests will learn how to make delicious and sweet moon cakes with an on-site pastry chef and bring the moon cake gift box home to share with family and friends!” Sin said. 

Limited seating is available for each Moon Cake DIY Workshop time slot and participants are required to purchase timed in advance on Eventbrite.