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. The Fiesta Asia Street Fair is a key event of Passport DC, a month-long celebration of culture in the nation's capital.
Admission is free.
Dates, Times and Locations
May 7, 2017. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 6th St. Washington, DC. The closest Metro stations are National Archives/Navy Memorial and Judiciary Square. See a map, directions, transportation and parking information.
Asian Heritage Festival Highlights
- Dozens of live performing acts—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, and more!
- Interactive Lessons: Bollywood, Hula, Folk, Drumming, Belly, and Bamboo Dance
- Bhangra Mania and Shimmy Mob—Learn online, dance in the streets projects
The Asia Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to share, celebrate, and promote the diversity of Asian heritage and culture through the arts, traditions, education, and cuisine as represented in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, visit fiestaasia.org.
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.
As the nation's capital, Washington DC offers some of the best cultural events and festivals in the United States. To learn more and plan some family fun, see a guide to the best cultural events in Washington DC.