On August 27 & 28, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 29th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Ram, 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 5:00 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 Oakland Chinatown Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of StreetFest 2016
The 29th Annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
August 27 & 28, 2016
10:00AM to 5:00PM
Entertainment Spotlight: East Wind Band
East Wind Band will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Saturday August 27 at 4:00PM
Founded in 1969, East Wind Band evolved into a funk-based horn band with the likes of Tower of Power, Average White Band and Earth, Wind and Fire. Their popularity soared during the early '70's as they ignited high school dances, proms and homecomings throughout the Sacramento valley and Bay Area. East Wind became heralded as one of the hottest horn bands in Northern California, performing with renown recording artists such as The Dramatics, Bloodstone and Hiroshima. Their lustrous 8-year stint came to an end at the peak of the disco era when the group decided to call it quits to pursue other interests. Now over 30 years later, East Wind Band is back with a vengeance fueled by many of the original members.
Entertainment Spotlight: Patty Chu's Chinese Folk Dance Troupe
The Patty Chu's Chinese Folk Dance Troupe will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Sunday August 28 at 11:45AM
The Patty Chu Chinese Folk Dance Troupe performs folk dances of the various ethnic minorities of China. Many people have the misconception that China is a very homogeneous society. However, there are 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in China, each with its own unique culture. Patty Chu Dance Troupe's show always features a variety colorful costumes representing a specific ethnic minority. Most of all, their graceful stage presence and technical skills always make a good impression on the audience.
Jest Jammin' will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Saturday August 27th at 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.