Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


  • NVA Thai Street Food Festival Sunday, May 5th and Sunday, May 26th, 10 a.m.4 p.m. On the Manassas Museum lawn you’ll find authentic Thai street food, accompanied by live music, dance and crafts.
  • Heritage India Festival Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 127 p.m. Chantilly Shopping Center is host to the D.C. area’s largest and longest-running South Asian festival, kicking off Diwali and that holiday season with arts, shopping and food from the area’s top South Asian Restaurants.
  • Asian Festival on Main Sunday, May 19th, 12-6 p.m. Come to Main Street in Historic Old Town Fairfax City. Celebrate togetherness, love, diversity and Asian cultures at this family event. The festival will feature food, arts, crafts, education and performances!


  • Library of Congress May Family Day Saturday, May 11th, 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. At the Library of Congress in D.C., celebrate by experiencing their featured stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the Library’s collections. Also, planned activities will invite guests to creatively share their own families’ stories.
  • IlluminAsia | Care Fair and Vendor Market Saturday, May 11th, 12–6:30 p.m. The Asian Art Museum celebrates AANHPI month with a day of self-care. Shop from local vendors, visit the museum and go on special curator tours, relax in a sound bath and later in the day, stop by the silent disco.
  • AAPI Film Festival Saturdays, May 11th, 18th, 25th and June 1st. 3–5 p.m. Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Bellevue Neighborhood Library through beloved movies featuring AAPI characters. Films screened include Spirited Away on the 11th, Moana on the 18th, My Neighbor Totoro on the 25th, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople on the 1st. Snacks will be provided as long as supplies last.
  • IlluminAsia | Mothers Day Sunday, May 12th, 12–3 p.m. The Asian Art Museum continues its celebration of AANHPI month with a Mother’s Day celebration with activities for the whole family. Participate in paper flower-making, a sound bath and more.
  • Fiesta Asia Street Fair Saturday, May 18th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Hosted on Pennsylvania Avenue, this annual street fair features performers ranging from vocalists to martial artists, a shopping bazaar, pan-Asian cuisine, a talent competition, kid-friendly interactive activities and more.
  • Good Fortunes: Lion Dance Celebration Saturday, May 18th, 1-4 p.m. An event for the Heurich House Museum’s Good Fortunes exhibit. Families with children ages 10 and up can come enjoy a unique style of dance that celebrates our hopes for the future. The exhibit is open all month, with tours available Thursdays through Saturdays.


  • PG County AAPI Heritage Month Celebration Saturday, May 4th, 14 p.m. Harmony Hall Arts Center in Fort Washington is putting on an afternoon dedicated to honoring the rich contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to America’s history and their pivotal role in shaping its future success. Features performances, arts, foods, crafts and more.
  • Howard County AAPI Festival Saturday, May 11th, 125 p.m. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods plays host to an afternoon of live entertainment and arts, with local AANHPI vendors setting up stands and community engagement initiatives offering education throughout the day.
  • Asia on the Creek 2024 Saturday, June 1st, 125 p.m. Come to Carroll Creek Park in Frederick to enjoy a celebration of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultures through traditional art, dance, music, cultural cuisine and community conversations. 


  • Ouchigohan! Japanese Home Cooking — Tofu Miso Curry Sunday, May 19th, 7-8:30 p.m. If you don’t have time to get out to one of the above in-person events, consider joining the Japan America Society of Washington D.C. for an online family-friendly cooking class to get a bit of Japanese cuisine in your own home while enjoying making something together.