Though still relatively new to the US, Moon Festival celebrations have been held throughout Asia for well over 1,000 years, and San Francisco's Autumn Moon Festival has been Chinatown's best-attended annual event for several years running. A significant holiday on the Chinese (lunar) calendar, the Moon Festival is a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and the myth of the immortal moon goddess, Chang O, who lives in the moon.
This summer, writer Cindy Price embarked on a whirlwind trip up the California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco, hitting 28 taquerias in five days, on a quest for the ultimate taco.
Some San Francisco kids have never been out of their inner-city neighborhoods, let alone on a beach. This summer, a pilot partnership between the City of San Francisco's Latchkey Program and the Hostel Adventure Program of HI-USA Golden Gate Council brought 200 urban youth out of the noise and concrete of the city to the rolling hills and dramatic coastline of the Marin Headlands for a day of environmental education.