November 27, 2017
A harvest festival is a great way to celebrate nature’s bounty while better-acquainting locals with your park. It’s a celebration that takes place at an exciting time of year when there’s a nip in the air and the smell of leaves on the breeze. Harvest festivals channel the same energy as Halloween, which itself originated from an ancient Celtic harvest festival. How you plan your festival will depend on why harvest is important to your community. Is it about straw bales and pumpkins, celebrating nature’s bounty, the cycles of life on earth or a little of each?
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival has been taking place during the full harvest moon since 2002. It’s a festival that spans the afternoon and the evening, morphing from a harvest celebration during the day to a moon festival at night. Each year the Festival attracts upwards of 5,000 participants from local East Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Here are five tips for planning a successful harvest festival in your community, from our friends at Still Moon Arts Society.