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Cultural Festival In Chinatown

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Cultural Festival In Chinatown!

Sponsored by: Chinatown History & Culture Association & Chinese Historical Society of America

Come join us on Sat, May 25, 2024 at Chinatown, San Francisco, CA, USA for a day filled with vibrant performances, delicious food, and rich cultural experiences.

Experience the beauty of traditional dances, mesmerizing music, and colorful costumes. Indulge in a variety of cuisine options from Traditional Chinese restaurants, to local eateries only found in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Explore booths showcasing unique crafts, artworks, and souvenirs.

Bring your friends and family to celebrate the rich heritage and diversity of Chinatown. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of this lively cultural festival!

This Event is open to the public with Free admission, the only thing to bring is your friends and family!!!

*there is no capacity limit to this event. Tickets are not required, but please purchase one to show support for the event on Eventbrite*


*Free Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor consultation*


Chinatown History & Culture Association and Chinese Historical Society of America are
excited to present a “Cultural Festival in Chinatown” on May 25th 2024 . The purpose of this family festival is to organize a community event that promotes Chinatown’s small businesses, deep history, and live culture by attracting new visitors to our festive community; welcome old visitors who have not been to Chinatown for a long time; and unify the community by offering community involvement.

Specifically, this event is a cultural learning experience where people can learn about the cultural significance such as lion dance competition/performances, Chinese Martial Arts performances, Chinese musical, Chinese herbal and medical healing consultation, Chinese paintings, Tao culture, and children learning and demonstration area. This family cultural festival will provide a learning experience to Chinatown visitors and locals to appreciate the deep history and culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown since 1848. Our Goal is to attract more people by teaching the community and its visitors about the cultural significance, to add 30% of revenue to the businesses by providing visitors and returning shoppers a festive environment to enjoy, and to learn, to engage, and to discover the deep history that San Francisco’s Chinatown has to offer.

The objective is to bring a festive environment to San Francisco’s Chinatown, especially
as the community and its businesses recover from the detrimental effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Many businesses on Grant Avenue (the main street for Chinatown’s retail businesses) have been closed down since the beginning of the pandemic. Not only will these festivities bring visitors back to the community and its businesses, it will also be a cultural learning experience for all.

Event details:
Lion Dance Performances: One block will be dedicated to lion dance performances,
which will feature teams from across the Bay Area. The performance will be held in the
morning and will be open to the public.

Chinese Herbal and Tit Tar Free Consultation: One block will be dedicated to free
consultations with herbalists and Tit Tar practitioners. Visitors will have the opportunity
to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and receive free consultations.

Chinese performing arts, art exhibitions, Chinese Railroad Panel Exhibition: One
block will be dedicated to arts including performing, painting, and panel exhibition

Children’s Activities: One block will be dedicated to children’s activities, including
painting, calligraphy, and promoting Chinese surnames, the display of fire dragon and
parading after dark.. This block will also feature a playing and learning area for children.

Entertainment Stage: One block will be dedicated to entertainment, including kung fu
performances, singings, and musical instruments

Responders: One block will be dedicated to first responders, including fire engines,
marshalls, sheriffs, and the San Francisco Fire Department. Visitors will have the
opportunity to learn about the important work these first responders do and see their
equipment up close.

Event timeline:
Cultural Activities: 11:30 – 3:30 on Grant Avenue. Calligraphy, painting, performances, lion dance, musical and martial arts exhibitions. Free Chinese Medicine Doctor Consultation.

Parade starting 1:30 Grant Ave and Broadway.

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, CHSA along with the Chinatown History & Culture Association present Cultural Festival In Chinatown. The festival includes a CHSA-produced Chinese American Stories series of discussions, exhibits, and movies at Victory Hall, 827 Stockton Street:

CHSA pop-up exhibits (1-5:30pm):

  • CALLED TO RISE: highlighting Chinese American GIs in the China-Burma-India Theater and WWII.
  • DETAINED AT LIBERTY’S DOOR: tracing the formation of the Angel Island Immigration Station and the inspiring story of Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey.

Panel presentations (1:30-2:30pm):

  • Conversation With My Grandparents, presented by Ron Chan: One man’s AI conversations with his deceased grandparents.
  • Chinese American Families and the Long-term Impact of Chinese Exclusion Laws, presented by Anna Eng.
  • Our Moms: Chinese G.I. War Brides, presented by Leona Lau.

Film screening (3-5pm):

  • Lingering Dream of Homeland: Family story of Chaoyang, an elderly Taishanese “huaqiao” (overseas Chinese) man who brings his American-born-Chinese grandson back to his ancestral home.

Link to Trailer: Lingering Dream of Homeland

This family event is a cultural festival that will provide a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn about and celebrate Chinese culture. We look forward to seeing you to this cultural celebration.



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