Historic Downtown Glendale is celebrating the start of the Lunar Year with an inaugural Full Moon Lantern Fest. This free event takes place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in Historic Downtown Glendale & Catlin Court, 7141 N. 59 Ave.
The event brings in the Year of the Rat during the first cycle of the Moon for 2020. This family-friendly, cultural themed event showcases Lion Dancers, Daiko Drummers and Martial Arts demonstrations. Activities also include Asian-inspired fashion shows and an interactive Moon Meditation Yoga.
“Join us in Historic Downtown Glendale to start off the Lunar Year and celebrate community and goodwill,” Hsiao Hsien Chu, event founder and Evergreen Center of Oriental Medicine owner said.
In addition, a free event-themed art activity will be presented by the WHAM Art Association. The art activity is funded by the City of Glendale through the Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative. Visit wham-art.org. or glendaleaz.com/arts.
Many of the locally owned shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court will feature make and take activities, interactive demonstrations, store promotions and special sales throughout the day. In addition, shops will be decorated with colorful lantern streamers and will distribute traditional red envelopes with new year blessings, special offers and an ancient coin.
Event attendees will have the opportunity to participate in silent auctions and other fundraising activities including purchasing limited edition event T-shirts. Proceeds from the fundraising activities will benefit Acupuncturists without Borders. Acupuncturists without Borders mission is to provide immediate relief and recovery acupuncture services to global communities that are in crisis from disaster or human conflict.
The Full Moon Lantern Fest is sponsored by the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association, Evergreen Center of Oriental Medicine, Glendale Ambassadors, City of Glendale Councilmember Bart Turner, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and Visit Glendale.
Check out VisitDowntownGlendale.com.