The Oregon Asian Celebration joins the Obon and Taiko Festival to offer a full day of Asian cultural heritage festivities at Alton Baker Park. In keeping with the event's theme "Strength in Unity - Year of the Ox," this year's event is a partnership between two long-standing cultural events that span more than three decades.
The celebration features cultural dance performances, music, taiko drumming, Asian food trucks, a marketplace, youth activities, and demonstrations of martial arts and folk crafts. A diversity of cultures will be at the festival including Chinese, Indian, Pacific Islander, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Korean, Filipino, Central Asian cultures, and more.
The Obon and Taiko Festival is a traditional Japanese festival. It honors one's ancestors with dances that are easy to learn for all ages. Participation is welcome in the circle dances that tell a story through the expression of movement under softly lit hanging Japanese lanterns.
The Oregon Asian Celebration celebrates its 36th year and is produced by the Asian American Council of Oregon. Their mission is to create opportunities that foster a greater understanding of Asian cultures through special events and activities that promote friendship and harmonious relationships.
Due to pandemic protocols, the Asian Celebration was rescheduled from February, and then again in May. Downtown Eugene window displays for Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage are up through June 7.