The 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival is presented by City of San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Miss Vietnam of Northern California (Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai Bac Cali). This 3rd annual event is for kids and families.
Event: 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival – Tet Trung Thu
Location: History Park at Kelley Park
Address: 1650 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Festival Activities include:
- 3000 Free Lanterns
- Live Entertainment
- Children’s Ao Dai Contest
- Drawing & Coloring Contests
- Free Face painting
- Carnival Games
- Ao-Dai Fashion Show
- Animal Balloons
- Lantern Parade
- Resource Fair
- Food Trucks
Welcome to the 3rd annual Mid-Autumn Festival at History Park/Kelley Park.
Volunteers arrived as early as noon to help decorate and setup.
These kids were in line to get their face painted.
Our lovely MC, Huyen Tran.
Singer Nguyen Hoang Nguyen at the mic.
From left to right: Yvonne, Phung, Minh, Pauline and Lynn.
MC Huyen Tran wore a traditional long dress made popular among Northern Vietnamese women.
That is Kevin Nguyen, the man behind all these wonderful photos in this album.
The gate opened at 4:00pm and people lined up to get their tickets to redeem one free lantern.
Courtesy of the Miss Vietnam of Northern California Pageant, games were available for kids to test their luck and their skills in trying to win free prizes.
The Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai Bac Cali / Miss Vietnam of Northern California tent. To the right, free face painting.
Lion dancers were getting ready put on a show for us.
The ladies from the Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai pageant. From left to right: Nancy, Yvonne, Pauline, Minh, Lynn and Phung.
One of the Mascots of the San Francisco Giants, a big orange gorilla.
Thanks to Kevin Nguyen, professional wedding/pageant photographer, we have lots of fabulous photos of this event to share. Click on the tab above to view his album.
The gentleman in the blue is shirt is Chuck Reed, the major of San Jose since 2007! To his left is our California State Senator, Jim Beall. He’s the one on the microphone.
The sound/audio technician
An event this big is sure to attract the Media, in which some have reported that more than 8000 people attended this event. That was 1000 more people than the projected number of attendees for this year.
The event commenced as our lovely MC, Huyen Tran, introduces all the key members on stage.
Kids enjoying their lanterns
The lions are coming! These kids are not scared.
If you want good luck for the rest of the year, feed a red envelope filled with money in the lion’s mouth.
Lions are not only friendly but are very soft
Don’t forget about these guys! They are just as important as the lion dancers. Theses lions drummers bring the spirit of the lions to life.
The lions are leaving but they will be back later.
Don’t be sad that lions are gone, Huyen Tran, our MC, has presents to give away. All you need to do is to answer one simple question about the Moon Festival. Sorry adults, this round of games is for kids only.
All these gifts still need to be given away.
This event was also made possible by the Vice Major of San Jose, Madison Nguyen. She happened to be standing in the back wearing her light blue ao-dai.
Olivia, Madison’s daughter loves being on stage as you can see.
Madison Nguyen posing with some pint sized admirers.
To the far left is Terry, Madison’s husband. To the far right is singer Nguyen Hoang Nguyen. The guys in the middle are event sponsors. The one in the orange is Jonny Vu and the one in the green is Trung Lam.
All of the event sponsors were invited on stage to be introduced and given their award of appreciation.
Our ladies were given the honor to present those awards to our sponsors.
Jonny Vu and his girlfriend Jennifer posing with the Olivia, Madison’s only child.
The three well-known and well-recognized faces in the Vietnamese community of San Jose. From left to right: Michael Hai Nguyen of Robert Mullen International, Victor of Victory Jewelry inside the Grand Century Mall, and Linh Nguyen of Paloma restaurant/VS Reality.
The Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai poster. For five dollars you can get a cool key chain and help the less fortunate people in Vietnam continue to find work so that can feed themselves and support their families. All those keychains that you see in the picture above are made by hand.
Event volunteers took care of all of the face painting.
Can you spot a happy little boy in this picture?
Face paint is not just for faces.
There were three contests in which kids could enter. The coloring contest was for ages 5 and younger (please excuse the error on the poster). The drawing contest was for ages 6 and up. Lastly, the traditional Vietnamese Ao-Dai contest was for all ages.
Minh, Phung and Nancy wearing Chau Nguyen’s Ao-Dai designs.
These little ladies won stage prizes from earlier for answering the correct question about the Moon Festival. Good job to them!
The volunteers posed with our Queen and Princess.
Minh has on an Ao-Dai designed by Chau Nguyen. You can find his store inside the Grand Century Mall on Story Road. This ao-dai and other beautiful ao-dai’s showcased in this event’s fashion show can be purchase directly through him. Below is his contact information. Please let him know you’ve found him through our website.
Chau Nguyen’s Fashion inside the Grand Century Shopping Mall
Address: 1111 Story Rd San Jose, CA 95122 | Phone:(408) 293-8818
To view photos of the Ao-Dai fashion show, click on Kevin Nguyen’s photo tab above.
Kevin Nguyen took our ladies to streets to photograph their beautiful ao-dai’s.
The back stage.
This little dude was walking around the park with his pappa. He was definitely not camera shy.
This is the children’s Ao-Dai contest.
Mr. Victor Thanh, Mr. Linh Nguyen, Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai Bac Cali 2013 Tran Le Nguyen Minh, and Mr Michael Hai Nguyen were judges in the children’s ao-dai contest.
Hoa-Hau Ao-Dai Tran Le Nguyen Minh poses with Linh Nguyen, Michael Hai Nguyen and Victor Thanh. The were the judges in the children’s ao-dai contest.
Nancy, Pauline, Phung, and Yvonne posed in ao-dai designed by Chau Nguyen of Chau Nguyen Fashion inside the Grand Century Mall on Story Road.
Video by VietBay