The Asian Festival remains one of San Antonio’s favorite family-friendly events, commemorating the diversity of people from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific island nations. With hands-on activities and opportunities to learn through experience, we come to appreciate the cultures that have added their distinct touches to the Texan identity.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on our beloved festival, both UTSA and the Institute of Texan Cultures are committed to seeing this vital event continue and are planning to resume the Asian Festival in 2022.
The festival is a place where the community can engage with tradition. Attendees can experience the lion dance, view martial arts demonstrations, participate in henna tattoo artistry, taste authentic, unique foods and learn ancient games.
We look forward to bringing back the one-of-a-kind celebration next year and can’t wait to see our friends and community again!
Important guidance will come from the ITC Centennial 2068: Community Visioning process via the Community Engagement & Sustaining Support Task Force. The group’s work will provide important counsel on leveraging current and new partnerships to advance the annual cultural tradition and broaden its impact for so many in San Antonio and across the state.
As San Antonio reemerges from the pandemic, staff members are observing new developments and identifying possible dates for the future. We appreciate your patience as we work out the details.
As additional information becomes available, we will share on our website and on our social media channels.
Celebrate the Cultures of Asia
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February 1, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures celebrates the annual Asian Festival, observing the Lunar New Year and celebrating the many rich cultures of Asia.
The daylong event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific.
The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.
Adult (13 and older): $12.00 (advance) $15.00 (at the gate)
Child (6-12): $5.00
Children 5 and under: free
Group rates available in advance only 10+: $10.00
Call for Volunteers
It takes great people to put on great events, and that’s why we need you. The Asian Festival is recruiting volunteers for the 2020 festival on Feb. 1. We’re looking for individuals and groups ready to lend a hand. We need gate teams, information desk staff, elevator and hall monitors, office support and more.
VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT IS COMPLETE (1/23).
Call for Participants
Asian Festival is coming and we are looking for Asian additions to our exciting and unique Asian Festival. We will be celebrating all things Asian at the 33rd Asian Festival, February 1, 2020.
If you are interested in being a part of this amazing event and if you represent an Asian culture, food, dance, craft, martial art or activity we want to hear from you.
Tell us about yourself or your organization or business, what you wish to do at the event, include your name, a website and photos if available. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org