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Chinese Moon Festival Rises This Weekend in Chinatown

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The seventy-fourth annual Harvest Moon Festival will take place in Chinatown this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., bringing with it an abundance of our favorite Chinese desserts, the moon cake.

The dainty little spheres are filled with red bean (our favorite) or sometimes lotus paste, and are consumed during the Mid-Autum Festival, which traditionally celebrates the abundance of the fall harvest. Many of the area's bakeries will be giving out moon cakes in honor of the holiday, which dates back more than 3,000 years. There will be plenty of other goodies to chow down on from various Chinatown vendors, too, and undoubtedly long lines at one of our favorite Chinatown dim sum spots, the Empress Pavilion.

We always focus on the food, but there'll be plenty of other exciting goings-on, including moon watching guided by folks from the Griffith Park observatory, and a sound stage curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.LA. Young Empress, Little Red Lung, Max and the Moon, Tic Tic Boom!, and Father Tiger all sound like they named themselves specifically based on the theme of this event, but knowing Bronson's pedigree, we're sure the tunes will be solid.

You can find more info on the event's website.