Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival

Are you ready for an unforgettable celebration of diversity, community, and rich heritage? Look no further than the 3rd annual AAPI Festival, happening on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from noon to 5 pm at The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD.

Hosted by County Executive Calvin Ball in partnership with the Inner Arbor Trust, this free festival is a vibrant homage to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Howard County, Maryland and beyond.

AAPI Festival

AAPI Festival at the Chrysalis of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Embrace the Spirit of AAPI Culture

Get ready to be dazzled by the performances showcasing the diversity of AAPI traditions on the Chrysalis stage. Music and dance performances include the traditional and modern, energetic dance numbers and quieter vocal acts. These include Chinese folk and opera dances, modern Bollywood and Indian classical dances, traditional Korean dances and drum performances, ballet with a Japanese twist, dance medleys from throughout the Pacific Islands, Mindat dances, and vocals by Bangladeshi Americans, to name a few. The Chrysalis stage will also feature amazing martial arts presentations including Tai Chi and Taekwondo.

AAPI Festival

AAPI Festival

And let's not forget about the food! Indulge your taste buds with a delectable array of authentic Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine served up by Merriweather District highlight Peter Chang will be there alongside local favorites like Phowheels, Namit Filipino Barbecue, Thai Pinto, Bun’d Up, and Blowfish Poke and Grill! They’ll be there alongside more than a dozen other food trucks offering bubble tea, pastries, dumplings, buns, ice cream and so much more! You won't want to miss out on these mouthwatering flavors.

Support Local Artisans and Businesses

Looking to add a touch of culture to your life? Browse through the vibrant marketplace featuring local AAPI artisans and businesses. From handmade crafts to unique goods, you'll find treasures that speak to your soul while supporting the local community.

AAPI Festival

AAPI Festival

Engage and Empower

But the AAPI Festival is more than just entertainment and food—it's also an opportunity to engage with organizations and resources dedicated to supporting the AAPI community in Howard County and throughout the region. Learn about important issues, connect with like-minded individuals, and be a part of positive growth and community building! For more information, visit our Events page.

Extend Your Stay

Why rush off when you can make a weekend out of it? Consider staying overnight at WhyHotel at Placemakr Columbia and explore everything Howard County has to offer. With its welcoming atmosphere and abundance of dining and shopping options, you'll feel right at home. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and visit Howard County for a day of celebration, unity, and cultural enrichment at the 2024 AAPI Festival. Celebrate the vibrant tapestry of AAPI cultures and make lasting memories.