2018 Asian Festival: Year of the Dog

Asian Festival 2018

Year of the Dog Celebration



(SAN ANTONIO) – With the crackling sounds of firecrackers to ward off evil spirits, the San Antonio Lion Dancers will open the 2018 Asian Festival at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 17.

The Asian Festival celebrates the cultural heritages of San Antonio’s Asian communities, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Indian, and others.

"Bringing the Asian community together to celebrate their heritages and creating an environment of love and acceptance: that’s our mission," said festival director Jo Ann Andera. "It’s about the people. We are celebrating them for who they are and what they bring to our community."

More than 70 participant groups will take part in the festival, which includes food vendors, crafts, and performers. Two stages feature music and dance throughout the day. Martial arts organizations offer demonstrations in the Back 40 area, their styles varying, such as the energetic Karate forms, to the agility of Sumo, to the meditative movement of Tai Chi. Various merchant tables on the museum’s veranda will sell clothing, jewelry, décor, art, and more.

"The colors of the costumes, the quality of the performance and the participants’ welcoming and enthusiastic attitudes make the entire festival such a unique experience," said Andera.

Food remains one of the favorite elements of the festival. Among the many offerings, the menu will include a Korean-Tex-Mex fusion booth, an "Asian Libation Station" featuring popular Asian beer, stir-fry, bubble tea, spring rolls, and dozens more.

The Asian Festival also includes displays of bonsai trees and ikebana floral arrangements, anime screening and drawing, a mah-jong gaming table and an entire tent for hands-on children’s crafts and activities.

"Asian festival sends an important message to the San Antonio community," said Aaron Parks, the institute’s assistant director. "That message is there is no division within our community; there is diversification. Within the festival, we implement the feeling of inclusion not only to our participants, but to our visitors as well. That’s our mission and that’s why the festival is so important to our community."

Asian Festival tickets are available online at AsianFestivalSA.com and at the ITC museum store. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 17. Admission is $12 for adults at the gate, $10 advance; $5 for children (gate or advance), and group rates are available online, in advance, only.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit AsianFestivalSA.com.




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