Asian American Pacific Islander festival comes to Tampa's Water Works this weekend

The festival will feature cultural performances, information-resource tables, food trucks and more to celebrate AAPI culture and heritage.

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA CITY OF TAMPA
Photo via City of Tampa

The City of Tampa will start a new tradition with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Festival this Saturday, May 14.

Running from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Water Works Park—so Filipino time is not gonna work, people—the first annual festival will welcome cultural performances, information-resource tables, food trucks and more to celebrate AAPI culture and heritage.

“Diversity is what makes Tampa the greatest city on Earth, and we’re fortunate to have many AAPI residents in our community,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “I’m excited to see the celebration expand and look forward to this being a fun, educational and valued annual tradition in Tampa.”

The City previously held similar celebrations. Just last year, they hosted a small celebration outside City Hall featuring traditional performances, a lion dance and distinguished guests. This year, the celebration will be expanded and will be open to the public.

Attendees are recommended to bring folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.

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