Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival: Embracing Unity, Culture and Culinary Delights

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The Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival kicks off once more this weekend with returning festivities and new flavors.

Community members can once again ready themselves for a one-of-a-kind cultural adventure at the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival (GRAPF), illuminating Calder Plaza from June 14-16, 2024. This free community event is a gateway to the rich and diverse Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, offering a captivating blend of performances, interactive activities and an unparalleled culinary journey.




The festivities kick off on Friday, June 14, with an electrifying K-pop dance competition, a neon Glow Party showcasing prominent Asian DJs, and a mesmerizing Lion dance performance. As the plaza pulses with vibrant displays and energetic beats, guests can enjoy an array of exotic flavors from Asia and the Pacific Islands, offered by numerous food vendors.

On Saturday, June 15, attendees are invited to indulge in an extensive lineup of entertainment, including performances by renowned Hmong artists David Yang, Chenning, Japanese DJ Kohei, Soundredd—a Filipino rock band from Chicago, Mc Hung Kiet, HMG group and many others. The stage will come alive with dancers, Indian performances and traditional acts representing diverse Asian cultures. The enticing aroma of delectable dishes will fill the air as attendees explore various food vendors, serving everything from authentic street food to traditional delicacies.




Sunday, June 16 celebrates family and community with interactive activities, hula lessons, Haka performances, and opportunities for all ages to engage in cultural exploration. The festival's second stage will host instructional sessions, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Asia and the Pacific Islands, fostering a spirit of unity and understanding.

New this year, the festival will feature Filipino-inspired craft beer by City Built Brewing, dragon fruit seltzer by The Mitten Brewing, and Zini Vodka and Founders Brewing, adding a unique local flavor to the celebration.




Ace Marasigan, Founder and Executive Director of GRAPF, underlines the festival's unique atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.

"We've crafted a space where everyone is not just welcome but celebrated, where our differences are our strength, and where unity is the heartbeat of our community," he shared. "Through food, music, and shared experiences, we unite as one."

Check out highlights from last year's festival below:

The Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival is proudly supported by MAPAAC and the vibrant community of West Michigan. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Family Day. Calder Plaza is located at 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

For more information, please visit grapf.org.

Courtesy of West Michigan Woman.

Photos Courtesy of GRAPF.org


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