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Asian Festival Returns May 4th

Posted on April 5th, 2019 at 7:17 AM
Asian Festival Returns May 4th

On May 4, 2019, the Erie Asian Pacific American Association (Erie APAA) will host the seventh Asian Festival at Rainbow Gardens at Waldameer Park, 11:00am6:00pm. Erie APAA has successfully hosted this event biennially since 2007, with attendance growing to 3,000 people at previous festivals. The festival will showcase the diversity of several Asian countries/cultures in our community: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Turkey, Pakistan, and the Philippines. There will be display booths, cultural performances, demonstrations, activities, and ethnic food. Through this festival, Erie APAA hopes to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of Asia.

Cultural performances by representatives from local ethnic groups will include traditional dances and an ethnic fashion show. There will also be a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. Activities will include henna, Chinese calligraphy, origami, kendo, and the chance to try on various Asian attire. Ethnic food from seven of the participating countries will be catered from regional vendors. The Asian Festival is free and open to the public. Food is available for purchase. Attendees can also stop by the Asian Bazaar to purchase Asian items and souvenirs.

To view photos from the previous festival click here. To view videos of past performances click here.

Support for this program is provided in part from an Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the United Arts Fund and the Erie Arts Endowment. This project is also made possible by a Special Events Grant provided by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

About Erie APAA

Erie Asian Pacific American Association (Erie APAA) is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. Erie APAA showcases the diverse Asian/Pacific cultures to the Erie community through educational and cultural activities/events such as the Asian Festival, Taste of Asia, Multicultural Asia Day at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, and educational events at local schools and organizations. For more information on Erie APAA visit

For more information on the Asian Festival or to schedule an interview contact:
Archana Kumar
Marketing and Social Media Manager
Tel: 814-460-3334