Boston Magazine: Photos from the 31st Annual Quincy August Moon Festival

Outside of Quincy High School on Sunday, drums and cymbals beat rhythmically to the lunging of the graceful lion dancers. Performers shimmied and undulated in colorful, ornate lion costumes, begging for their traditional treats of cabbage and tangerines, which they scooped into their maws and then flung to the audience.

Onlookers cheered and clapped for the dancers as the smoky scent of roasting chicken and salty-sweet kettle corn wafted from nearby food vendors. In the back lot, families pushed strollers through the festival’s kids zone, past rows of bouncy houses and pony rides—stopping here and there to pat a piglet, slurp up some milk tea, or browse through the dried seafood vendors with their jars of crispy brown abalone.

The Quincy August Moon Festival, named the 2018 Best of Boston winner for Best Street Festival, is made possible by the nonprofit group Quincy Asian Resources, which seeks to improve the lives of people in Quincy’s Asian American community. This weekend, bellies were full and smiles were wide as attendees watched live Tai Chi demonstrations, clapped along to the Taiko drumming group Shin Daiko, and interacted with a variety of community sponsors.

Patriot Ledger: In Quincy, thousands celebrate August Moon Festival

QUINCY — Coddington Street in Quincy Center was shut down Sunday for a celebration of the harvest and the moon as symbols of prosperity, happiness and harmony in Asian culture.

Put on by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., the Quincy August Moon Festival is in its 31st year. What originally started as a small event, held in a parking lot and run by only a few people has become one of the largest August Moon festivals in the Northeast.

“I remember when this was in a parking lot. I’ve organized about 10 of these in my life, and it’s really grown as a community, and the August Moon Festival is a reflection of our changing city of Quincy as well as our growth and contributions to the community,” state Rep. Tackey Chan, a founding member and the former president of Quincy Asian Resources, said. “It’s been a long time since I had to do this with three people ... now we have hundreds.”

Those hundreds of people include high school students from the local community helping to run the event, with more than 20,000 attendees estimated to come out to enjoy the day’s celebration. Brightly colored lanterns, paintings, sculptures and flowers decorated Coddington Street, which was filled a colorful maze of vendor booths, food trucks and various activities.

The highlight of the day for many festival-goers was the traditional Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, performed by students at Quincy’s Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy. The dances are common at festive Asian celebrations and symbolize good luck and prosperity.

Performers danced on the lawn outside of Quincy High School, holding brightly colored flags and waving the poles of the fabric dragon figurine to bring the creature to life. Students dressed as lions, some holding another performer on their shoulders inside the costume, weaved in and out of the crowd to the beat of the drums. The performance ended with the lion “spitting,” or the dancers throwing lettuce, which symbolizes wealth and luck, and tangerines, symbolizing longevity, into the crowd, as viewers erupted into cheers.

Emma and Randy Montgomery of Boston came out to the festival specifically to see the day’s performances.

“We found a link on the City of Boston website, and we were very interested in the demonstrations, especially with the Dragon Dance and the Lion Dance,” Emma Montgomery said.

Other performances included traditional martial arts demonstrations, a group playing the Taiko drums, dance groups and music from local bands and DJs.

Activities in the children’s area at the festival included crafts like paper lanterns, mooncakes, kites and paper flowers, as well as a petting zoo and pony rides. For many children, including Sofia Ngyuen, a 7-year-old from South Boston, the highlight of the day was the bouncy house.

Throughout the grounds of the festival, a wide assortment of food was available, from pizza, hamburgers and traditional carnival food to Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Mexican cuisine.

“We went right to the food, all we’ve done is eat so far,” said Kelly McCollagh, a Brookline resident, “The food is great.”

At its heart, the August Moon Festival is a chance for the community to come together and share a celebration while learning more about one another.

Katie Marcus, a pediatrician from Newton, came out to the festival to get to know the areas where her patients live.

“I want to get to know some of the neighborhoods that our patients are coming from to help me get to know the people themselves better,” Marcus said.

For members of the Asian community, the day is a chance to share their culture and traditions with the rest of the community.

“We want people who live in this area to know about what this is, this amazing festival,” said Quincy Asian Resources volunteer Victor Zhen of Quincy. “It’s a celebration of one of our most important festivals and it’s a traditional, cultural day we can share with everyone.”

CBS Boston (WBZ 4): Summer Of Savings: Family Festival Fun

BOSTON (CBS) – This weekend get ready for some festival fun for your family.

We start off in Marshfield where the Marshfield Fair kicks off Friday.

The more than a weeklong festival features dozens of activities – from demolition derbies, music, magic and rides.

Tickets are ten dollars – but kids six and under are free. The Marshfield Fair runs until August 26th.

In Quincy, the annual August Moon Festival will be held Sunday. The event, named the Best of Boston Street Festival, includes music, giant games, food vendors, along with a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids. It kicks off at noon on Sunday at Quincy center.

Patriot Ledger: Quincy’s August Moon Festival to celebrate Asian culture

QUINCY — From dragons to street performers, the August Moon Festival will have it all when it returns to Quincy Center for its 31st year on Sunday.

August Moon Festivals, sometimes called Mid-Autumn Festivals, are celebrated in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. The festival is traditionally held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar with a full moon. Quincy Asian Resources Inc. CEO Philip Chong said the “mythical” meaning of the tradition was to gather family and celebrate the harvest, but here in Quincy he said it’s all about celebrating the merging of Asian and American cultures.

Sampan: Project Citizenship helps immigrants in June

Our mission at Project Citizenship is to help every eligible permanent resident in Massachusetts overcome the barriers to naturalization. This past month, we offered our services in two new communities to ensure that all immigrant populations have access to our services. With the support of our community partners, we co-sponsored our first Project Citizenship workshops in Quincy and Lowell.

Quincy is home to the second highest Chinese-American population in Massachusetts; Lowell has the second highest population of Cambodian-Americans in the entire United States. Thanks to the Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, we were able to serve over 130 clients in these communities in June. Valuable partnerships like these allow us to spread our message to those that may not know about our services and to bring those services directly to clients where they live.

We will continue to serve residents of Quincy and Lowell and will work to build and strengthen relationships with the various immigrant communities across Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events:
Morgan Lewis: Thursday, July 19: Boston, MA
Lawrence CommunityWorks: Wednesday, July 25: Lawrence, MA

Register to volunteer with us here!

In June, we hosted eight different workshops and submitted 163 applications for citizenship, making June our busiest month in 2018. In Lowell, we served 68 clients from 17 different countries.  In Quincy, we served 64 clients from 19 countries. We held additional workshops in Chelsea, at Goodwin Procter, and offered four days of appointments at our in-office citizenship center. Over the course of the month, we served over 250 new Americans on their journeys to citizenship.

We are so grateful for our community partners, collaborators and donors that further our mission.  Thank you for helping to make citizenship attainable for all. Special thanks to CMAA, QARI, the Chelsea Public Library, and Goodwin Procter, for their dedicated collaboration in June.

Quincy August Moon Festival Receives Best of Boston Award from Boston Magazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact: Philip Chong
June 29, 2018                                                      Chief Executive Officer, QARI
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Quincy August Moon Festival Receives Best of Boston Award from Boston Magazine

QUINCY, MA - The Quincy August Moon Festival was awarded Best of Boston 2018 (“Best Street Festival”) by Boston Magazine. Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) is proud to partner with the City of Quincy to host the 2018 August Moon Festival as Quincy’s Signature Event for the month of August. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the festival in Quincy, one of the largest August Moon Festivals in the Northeast.

This year’s August Moon Festival will take place Sunday, August 19 from 12PM to 5PM. Join thousands of people on Coddington Street (Quincy Center) to enjoy both traditional and contemporary performances, amusements for all ages, and a taste of Asia with street fare from food trucks and local restaurants featuring celebrity chef demonstration with Chef Ray Alongi (as seen on Hell’s Kitchen).

Guests are invited to enjoy the new addition of a craft beer garden and oversized backyard games designed for young professionals, as well as well as the return of fan favorite, the August Moon Remix featuring a DJ, hip hop, rap and jazz-rock fusion band. Families can visit the expanded Kids Zone with a free petting zoo, free pony rides, South Shore YMCA family stage, and cultural crafts and activities. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to take in the day’s performances.

Join The City of Quincy, Presenting Sponsor South Cove Community Health Center and the local community on August 19th in a diverse celebration of what makes Quincy a place we all can call home!

This event is free and open to the community. Vendor opportunities are available (pending capacity). For more information, contact or visit

For more information that is updated regularly, follow QARI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @QARI1509.


Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy. QARI's mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and other community organizations.

Sampan: Boston Foundation announces $4.3 million in grants to Greater Boston organizations

Boston – The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors this week. The Board approved $2,160,375 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to 19 nonprofits to be paid out beginning in April 2018. Of the 19 grants, four provide multi-year support. In addition, the Board approved another $541,500 in single-year Open Door grants to 25 additional Boston-area nonprofits, and it acknowledged $1,615,356 in between-cycles discretionary small grants through other programs of the Foundation.

“With this round of grants, the Boston Foundation continues our efforts to support organizations that expand opportunities to new groups in Greater Boston,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “At a time when the tight job market opens doors for people with the right training to access our 21st century economy, many these grants are an investment in ensuring everyone in Boston has ways to access these opportunities.”

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. welcomes Derby Academy as an Asian Community Partner


Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) is proud to announce that Derby Academy is one of its Asian Community Partners. QARI’s Asian Community Partnership program connects businesses and service providers with opportunities to engage with and invest in the Asian population in Quincy and the South Shore area.


Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is an independent, co-educational, Pre-K through Grade 8 school located in Hingham, MA. Its motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart,” reflects the School’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each student.


Derby has been a leader on the South Shore for three centuries because its students are leaders with inquisitive minds. Their faculty inspires girls and boys to love learning, take joy in service, and strive for excellence. Students are guided toward an awakening sense of personal responsibility in order to prepare them to make ethical and mindful contributions in an increasingly interdependent world.


The School has an immersive, two-week “Winter Term” program, in which students research and provide solutions to global issues such as sustainability, access and consumption of resources, and adopting healthier lifestyles. Students partake in community service and volunteer with nonprofits like Cradles to Crayons and Father Bill’s, while Lower School students frequently correspond with children from Malawi Children's Mission Academy in Malawi, Africa. Derby Academy is truly an intimate community that encompasses a strong sense of commitment to diversity and global issues.

学院设有为期两周的“冬季学期”模拟项目,让学生研究和提供全球性问题的解决方案,例如可持续发展、资源的获取及利用、健康的生活方式等。学生也会参与Cradles to Crayons 和 Father Bill’s等非营利组织的社区和志愿者服务,低年级学生则负责与非洲Malawi 地区的Malawi Children's Mission 学院的小孩子通信。Derby学院对于多样性和全球性问题有着很强的使命感,是个名副其实的非常温馨的社区。

In this new partnership, QARI and Derby Academy will provide opportunities for the Quincy community to attend and participate in various events on Derby’s sprawling 27 acre campus.

亚协和Derby学院将会在 Derby 27英亩的校区内举办各式活动,届时欢迎昆市社区各界人士积极参与。

For more information, please contact



About QARI 关于亚协

Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy. QARI provides a  broad array of services to respond to an underserved population in need including multilingual information and referral, adult education, youth programs. QARI's mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and other community organizations. Additionally, QARI organizes city-wide cultural events including the lauded August Moon Festival which is presented in partnership with City of Quincy as the City’s Signature August event.

成立于2001年,亚协是昆市亚裔居民的服务中心。亚协为有需要的人群提供广泛的服务,其中包括多种语言信息和转介服务,成人教育, 和青年计划。亚协的使命是促进和改善亚裔美国人和他们家庭的社会,文化,经济,和公民生活, 以发展昆市和邻近社区。通过发展伙伴合作关系,我们提供与文化相结合的服务给公共组织和其它社区机构,包括成人教育计划,青少年发展和文化活动,以及信息和转介服务。此外,亚协组织该市的文化活动,包括和昆市市政府合作的昆市八月特色活动,中秋联欢会。

About Derby Academy

Derby Academy is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each student. Our dedicated faculty inspires students to discover the joy of intellectual curiosity, mastery of learning skills and service to the community. Students are also guided toward an awakening sense of personal responsibility in order to prepare them to make ethical and mindful contributions in an increasingly interdependent world.



At Derby Academy, we recognize and value the characteristics that contribute to each individual’s full identity, to include race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, culture, nationality, family structure, language, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, physical differences and learning styles. Our mission is to cultivate a school community infused with a multiplicity of voices and perspectives. By moving beyond individual experiences, we learn to think critically, adapt, communicate, collaborate, imagine, understand and grow. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where each person freely brings his or her whole self to school each day, confident that every individual will be respected. We believe that being a truly inclusive community requires constant attention, at times involving moments of uncertainty and misunderstanding. We dedicate ourselves to use conversation as a catalyst for the growth and change we seek.