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Annual Asian Festivals, Events and Entertainment

From Korean to Indian, here are the lineup of annual Asian events and festivals in and around Dallas you don't want to miss. Come hungry, curious, and ready to explore various Asian cultures celebrated by the ever-growing Asian communities here in the Dallas area.

DFW South Asian Film Festival

The Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film festival is a four-day event with an opening night at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and screening at the AMC Village on the Parkway in Addison. During this event in February, the festival showcases international to local documentaries, shorts, and features to educate and inspire audiences. The selection of films focuses on the South Asian’s culture and lifestyle that independent film lovers would enjoy.

Lunar New Year at Asia Times Square

Asia Times Square rings in an extended Lunar New Year with live entertainment with top Asian performers throughout two weekends in February. There are plenty of Asian food stands and restaurants to experience authentic cuisines and some shopping to keep you engaged for hours.

Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the highly anticipated Chinese New Year with a visit to the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Held in February each year, the festival has plenty of activities with an impressive lineup of traditional performances that will keep you steeped in the tradition and observing the Chinese zodiac.

Holi Dallas Festival of Colors

Join the thousands at the annual “festival of colors” in early March and celebrate the tradition of observing the spring season. Be prepared to be covered in colorful powders while dancing to live music. Enjoy cultural performances and trying savory street food while doing a little shopping from local vendors.

Asian Festival

Each May, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s (GDAACC) annual Asian Festival showcases more than 20 Asian countries and cultures through live entertainment and performers – and it’s been in Dallas for over 25 years. It is the largest Asian Festival in North Texas held each year to observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival

For centuries, the dragon boats have been a popular sport originating in China and considered one of the world’s fastest growing team water sports. In May, grab your friends and sign up for a little competition or be a spectator and enjoy the day with various interactive activities by the lake.

Thai Culture and Food Festival

Tranquility, culture, food, and entertainment are what you’ll find at the Thai Culture and Food Festival held at the Buddhist Center of Dallas in May. Use all your senses to immerse yourself with the colorful landscape and backdrop of the temple while enjoying the live entertainment and authentic cuisine at this two-day event.

Asian Film Festival of Dallas

The one-week Asian Film Festival of Dallas, held in July, has brought some big names and impressive Asian and Asian-American filmmakers to Dallas for more than 15 years. The visions of these directors come to life through their cinematic work as they share the diversity of the Asian culture and experience.

Japanese Fall Festival

The Japanese Fall Festival celebrates the fall season in North Dallas with live cultural entertainment, traditional cuisine, tasty treats, cultural games and activities in September. Swing by the free family-friendly event located in front of the Dallas Japanese Association parking lot.

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival

Be a part of the moon gazing at the Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival to welcome the harvest moon in September. It’s a free family-friendly event at Kylde Warren Park in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Crow Collection of Asian Art to showcase Japanese music, dance and cultural activities.

Diwali Dallas Festival of Lights

Diwali is the traditional Hindu festival of lights observed in late October. Spend a day exploring the bazaar featuring cultural artisans that offer goods from India. Grab a bite from the local food vendors and make sure to stay for the fireworks. The festival is held at Southfork Ranch.

DFW ICS Diwali Mela

Join thousands of attendees at the annual Diwali Mela at Fair Park in November. Enjoy live entertainment from Bollywood dancers throughout the day, and a fireworks show once the sun goes down. Come hungry and try the flavors of India featuring local restaurants and leave time to shop at the pop-up markets.

Korean Festival

Explore the rich heritage, sounds, and taste at the Korean Festival in the HMart shopping center in November. Try the various street foods to pop-up markets and stay for the live cultural entertainment including the K-POP night concert. Plan to spend the entire day filled with cultural experiences with various restaurants and shops nearby.

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Last updated on 10/31/2018.