Asian Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific


LONG BEACH — The 10th annual Autumn Festival, a celebration of Asian culture, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.

The festival highlights the traditions of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment, celebrating the richness and diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures. It will feature traditional crafts, music, dance, demonstrations, cultural arts exhibits, artisans and other exhibitors displaying and selling their works, ethnic cuisine, storytelling, and much more.

Move to the sounds of taiko drumming, watch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and purchase hand-made crafts.

Free with general admission. Members get in free and their guests receive 20 percent off.

Event Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 5

Emcee: Rodney Kageyama

Shark Lagoon: Art Nakane, one-man band, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Storytelling at Marine Life Theater by BookPAL Storytellers, SAG Foundation: Katy Jacques at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

10 a.m.: Acrobatics of balancing with Sha Sha Lou

10:40 a.m.: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Teapot balancing by Wei Zhong – Changing Faces

12:10 p.m.: Kicking the Bowls with Jason Jian

12:55 p.m.: Kodama Taiko

1:40 p.m.: Mazclao presents Juan Tamad, “Lazy John”

2:30 p.m.: Hikari Taiko

3:10 p.m.: Kotobuki no Kai, ondo dancing

4 p.m.: Fujima Seiyumi Kai, Japanese classical dance

Film in Honda Theater: “Taiwanese Tea” at 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Emcee: Rodney Kageyama

Shark Lagoon: Art Nakane, one-man band, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Storytelling in Watershed Classroom with BookPAL Storytellers, SAG Foundation: Michael Murphy at 12 and 1 p.m., Mark Nelly at 2 and 3 p.m.

10 a.m.: Acrobatics of Balancing with Sha Sha Lu

10:40 a.m.: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Kicking the Bowls with Jason Jian

12:20 p.m.: Kyonokai Dance

12:55 p.m.:  Mezclao Presents Juan Tamad, “Lazy John”

1:40 p.m.: Heritage Award presented to U.S.-Japan Council

2:30 p.m.: Clear Cosmos Dancing Studio

3:10 p.m.: Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

4 p.m.: Daion Taiko

Film in Honda Theater: “Taiwanese Puppets” at 1 p.m.


Cherry Blossom Festival

Cookie Lee Jewelry

New Tang Dynasty TV Chinese New Year Spectacular

Kimekomi Dolls by Yukari Kai

Sashiko Embroidery

Oceans Origami Paper Shapers (Saturday)

Have Paper Will Travel with Michael & Yami (Sunday)

Fish Kites & Origami

East West Discovery Press

Stone Ishimaru WWII Internment Exhibit

Sumi-e Calligraphy

DK Ornaments & Things

Aquarium of the Pacific can be reached at (562) 590-3100. For links to a map and a $10 discount on adult admission, visit


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