When you start to feel the season changing in the air, it’s a time for renewal. And for Phoenicians, it’s a time to stop feeling so damn sweaty. The sweet, sweet smell of fall can never come soon enough for us, and it turns out that other cultures feel the same way.

The rise of the Otsukimi Moon marks the traditional Japanese harvest, packed with an abundance of food and culture that will last through the winter. And hey, we’re looking for any way to appreciate the cool weather. Swap the pumpkins and costumes for a night of traditional Japanese celebration during the Otsukimi Moonviewing Festival on Saturday, October 20. Take a stroll through the gorgeous Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 North Third Avenue, while eating sushi, listening to traditional Japanese poetry, and taking in sweeping musical performances at this annual event.

Stop to feed the Koi fish and, of course, peer through a telescope at the night’s biggest celebrity.

Sat., Oct. 20, 4:30-9 p.m., 2012
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Christina Caldwell