Since 1977, the Utah Asian Festival has showcased the diversity and cultural richness of Utah’s Asian community to the state. The day-long festival combines traditional performances, ethnic food, crafts, exhibits, children’s activities, and more for an experience to delight young and old.
Why the Asian Festival?
The festival was first created when an influx of Southeast Asian refugees began settling in Utah. In order to build a bridge between these new minority groups and the larger community, the Chinese, Japanese and Korean communities pooled their resources together for this historic event. This marked the first collaboration between these groups, and the Utah Asian Festival is proud to be Utah’s first multi-cultural festival.
About the Festival
The Utah Asian Festival occurs annually in June. The festival takes nearly 500 volunteers from over 10 countries to pull off. Through the generous support of Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, Parks, the Utah Arts Council, and corporate and private donors, the festival is free and open to all.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, exhibitor booths and more, visit the Utah Asian Festival website and Facebook page. For more information, photos, or videos, contact Jo-Ann Wong, 801-485-9418.
The 39th annual festival was held June 11, 2016, at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.