Cleveland Asian Festival returns to AsiaTown in May

CLEVELAND, Ohio — After a two-year hiatus, the Cleveland Asian Festival will return to in-person festivities May 21-22 at East 27th St. and Payne Ave.

The outdoor event, which celebrates Cleveland’s AsiaTown neighborhood and local Asian culture, takes place during Asia-Pacific (APA) American Heritage Month. It usually includes various food trucks and vendors, as well as scheduled performances over the weekend. According to the Cleveland Asian Festival website, the festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“We are thrilled to be able to come together again for this year’s Cleveland Asian Festival and to have the opportunity to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May,” said Lia Wong, Founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival and President of the Chinese American Organization. of Greater Cleveland (OCAGC), in a press release. “We urge everyone to patronize local Asian businesses and continue to support the APA community during these difficult times.”

The Cleveland Asian Festival was canceled in 2020 and went virtual in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the pandemic will likely continue to affect the event, with an emphasis on attendee and staff safety.

“The safety of our attendees, volunteers and vendors is always our primary concern. Masks will be recommended for all attendees and staff, vendors and performers will be required to wear masks,” CAF founder Johnny Wu said in a press release. “We will continue to work with and monitor civic and health agencies to ensure everyone’s health and well-being.”

Currently, the festival website offers open submissions for vendors, artists, and sponsors. Find more information about the 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival at clevelandasianfestival.org/2022.

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