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9th Annual Pacific Islander Festival – Long Beach, 6/2/12-6/3/12

9th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

“Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft and implement demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Watch hula performances, listen to Tahitian drumming, try out ancient Hawaiian games, enjoy island cuisine, and admire artisans as they create traditional weavings. The ninth annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tokelauan, Maori, and Tongan. On Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m., the Aquarium will honor Tongans Steven and Lita Fifita with the Heritage Award for their outstanding community service to Pacific Islanders.”

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Chinatown Community Street Fair – 2/11/12-2/12/12, SF

Chinatown Community Street Fair

“Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Attendance at the two day fair is about 500,000. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible “Block of Fortune””

OACC Lunar New Year Festival – 2/4/12, Oakland

OACC Lunar New Year Festival

“Join Oakland Asian Cultural Center as we celebrate the Year of the Dragon with cultural performances, arts & crafts for the kids and workshops for the whole family! This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Make a Japanese Paper Doll, create a Year of the Dragon Mask, build a Korean kite and more! Your youth will get a fun, hands-on experience on how various Asian cultures celebrate and ring in the Lunar New Year!

A showcasing of Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s amazing students and teaching artists! Featuring cultural music, dance and martial arts of China, Japan, Philippines, India, Korea, Okinawa, and Mongolia!”

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival – 1/28/12-1/29/12, Monterey Park

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival

“This year’s Festival will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional Chinese New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the Festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.”

Tet Festival 2012 – 1/27/12-1/29/12, Garden Grove

Tet Festival

“The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year.

Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh.”

They even have a free shuttle service running on Saturday from 12pm-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-9pm if you don’t want to drive! Also, on Saturday ONLY, every visiting family will get a free gift!

  • WHERE: Garden Grove Park
    9301 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
  • WHEN: Friday, 1/27/12, 3pm-10pm
    Saturday, 1/28/12, 10am-10pm
    Sunday, 1/29/12, 10am-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: Infants FREE
    Children (under 4 feet) $4
    Adults $5
  • MORE INFO: http://www.tetfestival.org/

2nd Annual Kulinarya, a Filipino Culinary Showdown – SF, 1/21/12

Witness a culinary showdown of six Filipino American chefs as they compete for the grand prize at KULINARYA: A FILIPINO CULINARY SHOWDOWN, hosted by the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, and Filipino American Arts Exposition.

Three finalists each in the Amateur and Professional Divisions have advanced to showcase their culinary skills and talents in this exciting cook-off, where they must prepare a starter course (appetizer or soup), a second course (their own version of adobo), a third course (second entrée of their choice), and a Filipino dessert… all in a head-to-head challenge.

Don’t miss the FILIPINO BAZAAR – one day only shopping experience where you’ll find unique and festive Philippine-inspired gifts, décor, accessories, recipe books, goods and services!

  • WHERE: Carnelian by the Bay Restaurant
    One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
    (Located behind the Ferry Building and next to Sinbad’s)
  • WHEN: Sat 1/21/12, 3-8pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE, or $20 for food tasting showcase
  • MORE INFOhttp://kulinarya2.eventbrite.com/

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The 3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival – Irvine, 1/14/12

3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival

“The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment.”

Some highlights of the festival (link to the complete festival schedule here):

Korean Fan Dance
Korean Drum Dances
Tae Kwon Do
Samulnori
Kimchi making demonstration and other Korean cuisine
Korean Brush Painting
Han Bok (Traditional Korean Clothing)
Korean Paper Crafts

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM

“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!

Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Mochitsuki Workshops – 12/29/11-12/30/11, SF

Mochitsuki Workshops

“Description

Join the JCCCNC and Mr. Yamada-san in our annual mochitsuki workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to watch Mr. Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi and then have the opportunity to make their own mochi balls to take home just in time for the new year! …

Thursday-Friday, December 29-30, 2011
(Dates and times subject to change)

Shift 1: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 2: 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 3: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 4: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 5: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Thursday only)

Location: JCCCNC
Fees: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members,

Children under 5 years of age are FREE.

For more info and to sign up, please call Jennifer Hamamoto at (415) 567-5505.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Thursday and Friday, 12/29/11 and 12/30/11, 3-6:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members; children under 5 years of age are FREE.
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/149127401861079/

Rizal Day celebration at National City, 12/30/11

A floral offering at 10:30 a.m. in front of Seafood City kicks off the 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of the National Hero of the Philippines, under the auspices of the Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County (COPAO). This will be immediately followed by a short program and refreshments at the COPAO Center.