Asian Heritage Street Celebration Next Weekend

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Far East Movement at last year's AHSC.

SAN FRANCISCO — The seventh annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in San Francisco’s Civic Center/Little Saigon area, Larkin Street from Grove (in front of the Asian Art Museum) to Ellis.

The largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the nation is back and bigger than ever, this year showcasing the new Asian Arts & Crafts Alley, an extravaganza of special and unique hand-made products and artworks.

The fair will also bring back popular features such as the Jazz & Wine area and the mahjong section. Asian American artists, DJs, martial arts experts, today’s Asian pop culture, J-cars, a Muay Thai kickboxing ring, food, a children’s area, a cultural procession, free hepatitis B screenings and more will pack the day with fun and activities for all ages.

The Asian Arts & Crafts Alley, the newest addition to the AHSC, and is an exclusive sectioned-off area to showcase the best and most creative Asian-themed arts and crafts items. All vendors will be carefully juried and shoppers can expect to find the highest level of hand-crafted goods.

The “Faces of Asia” procession, featuring people from various Asian communities in ethnic attire, will kick off the celebration

Established by the AsianWeek Foundation to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the AHSC has been held at different locations in San Francisco, including Japantown, the Sunset District and South of Market.

For more information, visit www.asianfairsf.com/.

Entertainment Schedule (subject to change)

Civic Center Stage, Fulton and Larkin Streets

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Arianna Tolentino, Faces of Asia, Chloe Yu, Case in Theory

12 to 1 p.m.: Gamelon X, Marlon Dane, My Peoples

1 to 2 p.m.: Hopie, Golda and the Guns

2 to 3 p.m.: KoTolán

3 to 4 p.m.: Cynthia Lin, Trackademicks, Rel and JBillion

5 to 6 p.m.: Vinroc, The Like Me’s

6 p.m.: Closing remarks

Resident DJs: JayPlus, Mike Nice, and ToneDef

Hosts: Alan Wang (ABC7), Franco Finn (Golden State Warriors), JayPlus (WiLD949)

Cultural and Jazz Stage, Golden Gate and Larkin Streets

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Kuk Sool Won of San Francisco, American Center of Philippine Arts, Liping Zhu

12 to 1 p.m.: Faces of Asia, traditional performing ensemble from Thailand

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Francis Wong Unit, Genryu Arts

2:30 to 4 p.m.: The SF Pinoy Jazz Revue presented by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, hosted by Carlos Zialcita

4 to 5 p.m.: Poisoned Cupcakes, ESKABO Daan

5 to 6 p.m.: Balut Eating Contest, hosted by Emil Guillermo, DJ Keith O

6 p.m.: Closing remarks

Hosted in part by Keith O (Classic’s Club KO)

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