Asian American Festivals

I recently watched the movie the Summer of Soul about the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, which became known as Black Woodstock. The closest thing I could find to an Asian American equivalent would be the Diamond Head Crater festivals that took place in Hawaii in the 1970s, which became known as Hawaii’s Woodstock.  The Asian presence would mainly be in its attendees of Hawaiian locals rather than artists and performers. 

Peter Lin and Yardbird Productions put on the first AAPI Jazz Festival in Newark, NJ in May 2023. 

This weekend August 5-6th 88 Rising will put on the 5th Head in the Clouds festival in Pasadena, CA, showcasing Asian artists from all over the world. 

It’s great to see more Asian American artists and music festivals.  



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