Public Programs

The Garden offers visitors an exciting series of curated public programs all year round. They include major festivals, art exhibitions, tours, tea ceremonies, book readings, health and wellness workshops, concerts, performing arts and special events, for all ages and interests. Here is a selection of highlights in 2017:


Year of the Rooster Temple Fair (February 2017)

Every year, on the same day of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, the Garden presents a special event called Temple Fair. It is a “hot and noisy” public celebration that’s based on the traditional Chinese Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet and celebrate. Enjoy traditional games, delicious food, tea ceremony, live music, and cultural learning at the fair. Come with family and friends to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (October 2017)

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will host the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This is an annual family festival that is perfect for all ages. There will be music, storytelling, games, kids crafts; the creation of a community lantern; and of course Moon cakes. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held at the Garden in September.

Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival (December 2017)

An evening to celebrate the longest night of the year, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden partners with the Secret Lantern Society to illuminate the Garden with whimsical handmade lanterns for Winter Solstice, dong zhi. 


Monthly Art Exhibitions

Art is the living and breathing essence of our Classical Chinese Garden. It connects culture, sparks creativity, and pushes boundaries. From paintings, drawings, photography, experimental videos, outdoor site-specific installations, we showcase artworks that embody elements of Chinese culture, traditional and new. We collaborate regularly with local arts organizations and artists to produce engaging and inspiring art projects. Please visit our calendar to view exhibition schedule.

June 1 to August 31
(Dates are weather dependent)

- Catch us feed our koi fish every day at 11:45am with a gong;
Get a free foot massage: walk barefoot on our warm pebbled courtyard;
Smell the moss in the Scholar’s Courtyard. You may be surprised by what you discover!





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