Sampan: Quincy celebrates 31st August Moon Festival with gourmet food and cultural performances

Quincy August Moon Festival took place on August 19 on Coddington Street at Quincy Center, co-hosted by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) and the City of Quincy. As the city’s signature event for August, about 20,000 people enjoyed live entertainment, gourmet food, a free petting zoo and a beer garden.

The event kicked off with dragon and lion dance performance by members of the Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy, followed by welcoming remarks from elected officials.

“The August Moon Festival has become one of the premier events in the City of Quincy,” said Mayor Thomas Koch. “We are grateful to have organizations like QARI that make differences every day, especially for newcomers.”

QARI founder Tackey Chan now serves as a House Representative in the Statehouse. He recalled how the August Moon Festival celebration started small in the beginning.

“I remember when it started in a parking lot and Mayor Koch was the head of the Parks Department, so he got the tables, tents and chairs for me when I needed them,” Rep. Chan said. “Now I have organized about 10 of them. It is amazing to see the growth and contribution that the City has made.”