On August 24 & 25, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 26th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Snake, the Chinatown StreetFest will attract thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to come savor the taste of Asia, and to experience the traditions that Oakland's Chinatown has so diligently preserved.
The two-day event runs from 10AM to 5:30 PM and is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
YouTube'ers killerb00tsman and omikane04 attended the StreetFest several years ago and made this really cool video. Check it out...
Getting to the Festival ...
Festival attendees are encouraged to take BART. Get off at the 12th Street Oakland station and exit to 11th Street. When you get up to street level, you will be at 11th and Broadway. Walk down Broadway towards 9th Street until you see the Streetfest. The festival spans 7th Street to 11th Street and from Broadway to Harrison Street.
If you wish to drive, visit our directions page for more information. Information on parking garages can also be found on our directions page
The 26th Annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
August 24 & 25, 2013
10:00AM to 5:30PM
Entertainment Spotlight: China's Spirit Music Ensemble
China's Spirit Music Ensemble will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Saturday August 24th at 1:00PM
China's Spirit Music Ensemble (CSME) was founded in 2003 and directed by Wei Hou, Chinese wind instrumentalist, and Winnie Wong, guzheng soloist. Through the past years, CSME’s hard work has earned them much recognition in the world or performing arts. Their students have been invited to perform for corporate functions, educational events, festivals and the annual Youth Arts Festival which selects their performing groups through audition only. Their performance and discipline on and off stage has earned them a respected place in the public’s heart. Their members are diverse in age, culture and experience; however through the training of Will Hou and Winnie Wong, they are united through their passion for beautiful music.
Jest Jammin' will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Sunday, August 26, 2:00PM.
Led by the Rev. Norman Fong, Jest Jammin' aka "Chinatown Soul Band", has entertained the public for 40 years. In 1968 Norman Fong, Brad Lum, & Ed Toy, got together with a couple of other friends, formed a band that was unnamed until 1971 when they added more members and officially called themselves Jest Jammin'. They are the last of the "Local Chinatown bands" from the 60's and 70's, and are still enjoying a popularity from an enthusiastic public. Comprised of "home grown" talent, Jest Jammin' has been performing their wide repertoire of music from the soulful 60's and 70's, including tunes from recent decades.
Entertainment Spotlight: Hai Yan Jackson Dance Company
The Hai Yan Jackson Dance Company will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Saturday August 24 at 3:30PM
The Hai Yan Jackson Chinese Dance
Company was established in 2007 to
promote the development, advancement,
and appreciation of Chinese dance and
culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Hai Yan Jackson Dance repertoire
displays a wide range, from beginning to
to advanced level training
Chinese Classical and Folk dance styles,
ethnic dance, along with adaptations of
Ballet and Modern Jazz are displayed
concurrently with thought provoking
The expressive movement of the hand and
wrist is emphasized along with the use of
props like the fan, ribbon, scarf, hat, and