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Join us for a weekend of family friendly fun as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in the heart of Chinatown.

206 Bourke Street will be celebrating one of Melbourne’s most treasured cultural celebrations this September, as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Luminous at 206 Bourke Street, takes over the centre, in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture and other Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It is China’s second most important festival after the Lunar New Year. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October on the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 29th (Friday) 2023. The festival celebrates the rice harvest and many fruits, as well as a time for family reunions and Thanksgiving. People celebrate it by having dinner with their families, worshipping the moon, lighting lanterns, eating mooncakes, and telling stories.

Join us as we mark the occasion with lots of fun activities across the long weekend!

Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1

12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm daily

Ground Floor

Take a photo with our Wall of Lanterns and you could Win!

Take photo with our Lantern Wall at the Bourke Street entrance and you could win one of 3 $100 gift cards to spend in centre! Just snap a selfie, share to instagram or facebook and tag @206bourkestreet

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Make your own lantern with our Lantern Masterclasses!

Master the skills of lantern making and take home your festive creation! Classes are free and no bookings required. Numbers are limited though.

Saturday 30 September at 12pm and 5pm and Sunday 1 October at 12pm and 2pm

Giveaways Galore

We’ll be giving away Mooncake vouchers daily from 12pm – 3pm and Lanterns from 5pm – 8pm. Simply sign up to our database at the event hub and pick up your festive freebie!

Or sign up HERE

Lucky Lantern Lane Game Zone

Test your skills in our Lucky Lantern Lane Game Zone. Just spend with any 206 Bourke Street retailer and receive your token to play for a prize! There are dining vouchers up for grabs at our vending machine or you can try your hand at the claw machine for a gift to take home! PLUS every entry goes into the draw to win a Mid-Autumn Premium Hamper valued at over $200!

Cultural Performances

Enjoy live performances over the three days from Chinese Masonic Society and Melbourne Chinese Performing Arts Group

Dragon Dance: Friday 7pm and Sunday 6pm 

Melbourne Chinese Performing Arts Group: Friday 5pm, Saturday 1pm and Sunday 5pm

Terms and Conditions apply on some activities

Plus don’t miss Autumn Moon at the Chinese Museum.