The National Asian Heritage Festival-Fiesta Asia is a street fair held in Washington, DC in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event showcases Asian art and culture with a wide array of activities including live performances by musicians, vocalists and performance artists, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstration, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities.
Date and Times
May 18, 2013
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 6th St.
The closest Metro stations are National Archives/Navy Memorial and Judiciary Square
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Asian Heritage Festival Highlights
- More than 100 live performing acts on 5 stages – Tibetan Folk; Filipino Hip Hop; Muay Thai Kickboxing; Middle Eastern Drums
- Fiesta Asia Emerging Stars Contest – a live talent search for ages 5 to 17
- Kiddiz Cool Lounge - Fiesta Asia Dragon; Hug the Panda; Meet Balloon Artist; Lantern Making; Henna Painting; Chalk the Walk; Storytelling & many more!
- Interactive Lessons: Bollywood; Hula; Folk; Drumming; Belly and Bamboo Dance
- Bhangra Mania & Shimmy Mob - Learn online, dance in the streets projects
For more information, visit www.asiaheritagefoundation.org
Additional Asian Heritage Events in May
- Fiesta Asia at Silver Spring - May 4, 2013, 3–9 p.m. Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Ave and Georgia Ave.
- Fiesta Asia Planet Family at the National Zoo - May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day) Lion Tiger Hill Stage.
- Fiesta Asia Film Fest - May 28-30, 2013 - West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW Washington, DC.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. During the month, Asian Americans around the nation celebrate with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration. According to the 2000 Census Bureau, the Asian-American community is the fastest growing group in the DC Metro Area. Over the last decade, the number of Asians who have relocated to the DC area has increased by approximately 30 percent.