When you start to see mooncakes and colorful lanterns showing up all over malls and markets, you'll know that the Mid Autumn Winter festival is almost here. This harvest festival is typically celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar by the Chinese community, which falls on September 13 this year. Family members will gather on this day to eat moon cakes, while kids will light up colorful lanterns as they celebrate family reunions and togetherness. Here we've listed a number of activities and events taking place around Kuala Lumpur just so you can be a part of this charming festive occasion.

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Tea Party On The Moon @ SkyAvenue

WHAT: Genting Highland celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with an adventure to the moon! Characters from ancient Chinese tales will make an appearance in a series of parades, live performances and more, all the while keeping traditions alive with savory mooncakes by Resorts World Genting. Be sure to catch the MoonDance @ SkySymphony performance that runs every hour from 10:30am to 11:30pm, dance parade at 11am,1pm, 4pm and 7pm, as well as sale of mooncakes.

WHEN: August 10 - September 16, 2019

WHERE: SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, Website

 

Happy Mid Autumn Festival @ Main Place Mall

WHAT: Main Place Mall in USJ is hosting a number of fun workshops such as making art card lantern, snow skin mooncake and rabbit clay pen holder. To sign up for the workshops, visit here. Not to be missed is the Creative Lantern Competition on September 7 for kids from 6 years onwards. To sign up, visit here.

WHEN: August 10 - September 15, 2019

WHERE: Main Place Mall, Jalan USJ 21/10, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 8081 7896, Website

 

A Mid-Autumn Garden of Paradise @ Cheras Leisure Mall

 WHAT: Come check out the beautiful lanterns that fill the Cheras Leisure Mall with a beautiful Mid-Autumn vibe this month. On display till September 15, the mall's décor is inspired by the Jade Rabbit, an important folklore character of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The sight of hundreds of beautiful rabbit lanterns make the perfect Instagram opportunity, thanks to the recent lantern-making competition held at the mall. The mall is also currently running a number of creative art workshops on weekends, while mooncakes from various vendors as well as lanterns are available for sale at the LG concourse area.

WHEN: August 13 – September 15, 2019 from 10am to 10pm

WHERE: Cheras Leisure Mall, Jalan Manis 6, Taman Segar, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 9132 2386, Website

 

Moonlight In The City @ Kwai Chai Hong

WHAT: The back lanes of KL's Chinatown have been given a face lift thanks to a restoration project which culminated in the Kwai Chai Hong heritage site. Perfect for Instagram fanatics, this is the hottest spot to capture awesome selfies and more with the many unique street murals, and sample the local fare or just stop at one of the cafes or bars for a quick drink. Just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival, capture yourself next to a brightly lit Full Moon from 7pm to midnight. There's also a number of Oriental arts and crafts workshops being held on the weekend, just visit here for more information.

WHEN: August 24 - September 15, 2019 from 7pm to 12am

WHERE: Kwai Chai Hong, Lorong Panggung, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website

 

Mid-Autumn Festival Clay Art Workshop @ MomentLAB

WHAT: Have some fun with air dry clay in this workshop where your small people will learn how to make a rabbit steel box. Learn all the techniques involved in creating your very own masterpiece. All materials and tools will be provided, so just bring yourself! The session is suitable for kids from 5 years onwards, and fees are priced at RM40 per person.

WHEN: Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 2pm to 3:30pm

WHERE: MomentLAB, A-22-11 Tower A, Pinnacle Petaling Jaya, Lorong Utara C, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +6012-676 4050, Facebook

 

Mooncake Workshop @ Junior Explorers

WHAT: Young ones can learn how to make their very own mooncakes at Junior Explorers. Open to kids from 4 to 12 years, there will be two sessions where they can learn how to make traditional baked or snow skin mooncakes. They'll also get to bring home their creations to savor after the session. Fees are priced at RM128 per person, including materials. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 9:30am to 12:30pm (traditional) or 1:30pm to 4:30pm (snow skin)

WHERE: Junior Explorers, B-09-2F & 3F, Garden Shoppe @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1A, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +6019 332 3638, Website

 

Mid-Autumn Lantern Workshop @ MY Craft Studio

 WHAT: Kids can learn how to craft their own lanterns and light them up for the Mid Autumn Festival. MY Craft Studio in Wangsa Maju is running workshops over four days to teach your little ones how to, and workshops are priced at RM25 per person for non-students.

WHEN: September 5 - 8, 2019 at 2:30pm

WHERE: MY Craft Studio, Wangsa Maju, 30-1, Kedai D'Wangsa Block 3C, Jalan Wangsa Delima 11, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Facebook

 

Moonlight Lantern Competition @ Aeon Mall Cheras Selatan

WHAT: Teens from 16 years onwards with an artistic streak, here's your chance to shine! Join the Aeon Mall Cheras Selatan Moonlight Tin Lantern Competition. Just spend RM50 or more in a single or combined receipt on the same day to qualify for entry and register at the Mall Information Counter to participate. The lanterns must be made of tin, and extra points will be given for LED or candlelight. 

WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10am to 10pm

WHERE: Mall Information Counter, Ground Floor, AEON MALL Cheras Selatan, Lebuh Tun Hussien Onn, 43200 Cheras, Selangor, Malaysia, 1 300 802366, Facebook

 

 Stories On Mid Autumn Festival @ The Story Book

WHAT: Join the storytellers at The Story Book for a Mid-Autumn storytime session and lantern walk in this night event suitable for families with kids from 3 to 10 years. Learn all about the tales of Chang Er, Jade Rabbit, Wu Gang and the legend of moon cakes. Early bird tickets are priced at RM15 per person (before August 28) and RM20 per person thereafter. To RSVP, visit here.

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 8pm to 9pm

WHERE: The Story Book, E-1-13, Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Facebook

 

Annual Lantern Parade @ Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya

WHAT:  Paradigm Mall is hosting its Annual Lantern Parade on September 7, 2019 from 8pm to 9pm at Level G entrance (beside Starbucks). Get a lantern for your little ones by registering your spot from now till September 5 here. There will be 100 LED lanterns to be given away, or bring your own and join in for this special occasion. 

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 8pm

WHERE: Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya, No. 1, Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, +603 7801 1188, Website

 

Lantern DIY Workshop & Lantern Parade @ The Mines

WHAT: The newly-launched MKidz Club at The Mines is running a series of weekend workshops and fun activities for little juniors. Sign your kids up at the Information Counter to become a member, and take part in the Mid-Autumn workshops including the lantern DIY workshop on September 8 from 4pm to 6pm followed by the lantern parade at 7pm.

WHEN: Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 4pm 

WHERE:  The Mines, Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 8949 6333, Website
 
 

Mid-Autumn Afternoon Tea Set @ Thirty8, Grand Hyatt

WHAT: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur presents a Mid-Autumn inspired afternoon tea, curated by Executive Sous Chef Byron Zhang. Available just for four days, enjoy your Premium Jing tea (Pu-erh) or coffee with sweet treats such as Pandan Bird's Nest Drink, Assorted Mooncake, Bergamot-Yuzu Madeleine, as well as savories like Pumpkin Dumpling and Taro Glutinous Rice Dumpling. For reservation, email [email protected].

WHEN: September 10 - 13, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm

WHERE: Thirty8, Grand Hyatt (Level 38), Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2182 1234, Facebook

 

Eco Creative Lantern Competition 2019

WHAT: Kids from ages 8 to 12 years are invited to participate in this lantern making competition using recycled materials with parental assistance. Express your creativity and create awareness at the same time using reused and recycled goods. Entries can be submitted to the Information Counter from now till September 15 between 10am to 10pm. An enrolment fee of RM20 applies. The prize giving ceremony will be held on September 21, 2019. To register, visit here.

WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 10am to 10pm

WHERE: Metro Point, Jalan Jelok 8, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 8737 3759, Website

 

Lantern Festival @ Klang Hokkien Association

WHAT: In an effort to encourage unity among the various races in Malaysia, the Klang Hokkien Association is hosting a Lantern Festival which will feature a number of cultural performances such as the traditional Iban dance, a One Malaysia dance, the Malay Zapin dance, an Indian dance, 24 seasons drum, Tanglung dance, and over 1,300 lanterns and mooncakes to be given out ot the public.There will also be traditional games, moon-cake making workshop and lantern parade.

WHEN:Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7pm to 10:30pm

WHERE: Klang Hokkien Association, Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien Klang, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama, 41300 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, Website

 

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Central Market Kuala Lumpur

WHAT: Experience a taste of Chinese culture at its best in this Mid-Autumn celebration happening at Central Market. From lantern procession to acrobatic show and lion dance, mooncake-making and lantern-making workshops, Chinese calligraphy sesssion, fire show and mini games booth, the place will come alive on September 21 for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The easiest way to get here it to hop on the LRT and get off at the Pasar Seni stop, then make your way to the outdoor stage of this hard to miss light blue building. Entrance to the event is free.

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 5pm

WHERE: Central Market Outdoor Stage, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2031 0399, Website 

 

 

Main Image Credit: Central Market Kuala Lumpur