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Moon Festival: Chinatown throws a party Saturday, and where to get moon cakes

September 30, 2009 |  1:02 pm


Break out the moon cakes. Chinatown will be hosting Southern California's oldest annual mid-autumn Moon Festival on Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in Central Plaza, pictured above. The Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown and Chinese acrobats will be putting on a show, followed by a demonstration of moon cake making -- with free samples. Not to be missed is the 2009 Miss L.A. Chinatown Queen and her court explaining the origins of the Moon Festival at dusk. And Griffith Observatory is making telescopes available for the event, demonstrating how to get the best views of Jupiter and the moon.

New to the festival this year is a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 25-mile bike ride. The Moon Festival Fun Bike Ride starts at 4 p.m., with a scenic ride to the Pasadena Rose Bowl and back along the Arroyo Seco bike path, through Lincoln Heights and South Pasadena. The Moonlight 5K Walk/Run starts at 7:30 p.m.; its route includes the L.A. State Historic Park and a sunset view of the old rail yards and downtown Los Angeles.

Central Plaza, 943 to 951 N. Broadway St., Los Angeles. To register for the Moonlight 5K Run/Walk or the Moon Festival Fun Bike Ride, go to www.ChinatownLA.com. Entry fees will apply. Lot parking. Metro Gold Line, Chinatown station. For information, call the Chinatown Business Improvement District at (213) 680-0243, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396, or go to www.ChinatownLA.com.

And where to get moon cakes? See the jump for a listing of bakeries that sell them.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Central Plaza. Credit: Benjamin Reed / Los Angeles Times


Looking for moon cakes?

Phoenix Bakery, 969 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 628-4642, www.phoenixbakeryinc.com.

Diamond Bakery, 742-746 W. Garvey Ave. (Deerfield Plaza), Monterey Park, (626) 289-5172; 17801 Pioneer Blvd., Unit D, Artesia, (562) 402-6728; 1940 Frank Stiles St., South El Monte, (626) 452-8020; 1015 Nogales St., Rowland Heights, (626) 912-3708. www.diamondcakes.com.

I Fu Tang, 1611 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, (626) 288-8007; 1380 S. Fullerton Road, No. 101, Rowland Heights, (626) 581-0888. www.iftang.com

Kee Wah Bakery, 729 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park, (626) 281-2680, www.keewah.us.

Photo: Phoenix Bakery moon cake box. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times