Explore diverse cultures and traditions with the Asian Festival, enjoying live music, delectable bites, and local businesses.
Travel across an array of Asian countries with regional-specific traditions and food. Discover fascinating histories and the cultures behind countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and more. The Asian Festival showcases different backgrounds and heritages with family-friendly activities and mouth watering eats. The City of Mesa and Asian District will be joining the Asian Festival in organizing a two-day event which brings awareness to various cultures and celebrates the Lunar New Year. This event’s festivities include traditional fashion shows, calligraphy sessions, and tea ceremonies.
- Dates & Times - January 12, 2024: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | January 13, 2024: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Location - Mesa Community College: 1833 W Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85202
- Admission - Free
Art and music aficionados will enjoy this jam-packed event, where moving melodies and striking keepsakes await. Featuring special guests such as Matthew Ngau, a living national heritage of Malaysia, and Marvin Ong, a flow arts and juggling master, this festival reveals an authentic look into an array of Asian cultures.
Special Guest Appearances & Live Entertainment
The Asian Festival will be welcoming special guests with dignitaries from around the globe. Listen to the strumming notes of the sape, a Borneo-based instrument, as Matthew Nagau plays traditional songs. Watch Marvin Ong juggle with ease and toss flying props into the air. Dive into kid-friendly activities with an arts and crafts station, and participate in a variety of engaging games.
Local Vendors & Food Trucks
Indulge in an assortment of scrumptious bites from food trucks and vendors, featuring pad Thai, sticky rice, stinky tofu, phở, and adobo. Sip on refreshing bubble tea drinks with classic flavors, including taro and brown sugar. Browse through an array of local businesses, discovering anime-themed merchandise and traditional Asian home goods.
More Ways to Explore Asian Culture
Mesa’s Asian District is just a short walk from the festival. Continue your journey into Asian culture with a variety of restaurants, shops, and more. Find sweet delights such as sago, green tea ice cream, pastries, and waffles. Gather with family and friends at a Korean BBQ restaurant, enjoying sliced rib eye beef with plenty of side dishes. Embark on a mural-filled adventure through the Asian District, spotting bright and vivid paintings.