On August 22 & 23, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 28th 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 5:30 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 Oakland Chinatown Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of StreetFest 2015
The 28th Annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
August 22 & 23, 2015
10:00AM to 5:30PM
Entertainment Spotlight: IdeaBand
IdeaBand will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Saturday August 22 at 12:00Noon
IdeaBand is a Chinese American band in the Bay Area specializing in popular rock music from the 70’s to current hits. Formed in 1992, the band’s name originates from a famous Taiwanese pub in the 70’s and 80’s called “The Idea House” (艾廸亞) where local musicians showed their talents. Ideaband is featured by 3 strong vocals – Jessica Shum, Jason Lau (+trumpet) and Fred Santos, together with Jesse Ku (lead guitar), Bass Chorng (keyboard), Herbert Chiu (drums), Glen Young (bass) and Alex Chuzo (backup vocal) . The band has performed in various events including weddings, dances, fundraisers, corporate/personal parties, and city-sponsored festivals.
Entertainment Spotlight: Harsanari Indonesian Dance Company
Harsanari Indonesian Dance Company will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Sunday August 23rd at 12:20AM
Harsanari specializes in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but remains uniquely distinctive, with its dynamic syncopated drumming patterns, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.
Dakila will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Saturday August 22th at 4:00PM
Formed in the early 70’s in San Francisco, Dakila is a legendary Latin rock group comprised predominantly of Filipino musicians. The members of Dakila were just in their teens when they cut their self titled album on Epic Records in 1972. In their heyday, they played legendary rock venues, as the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and the Whiskey A-Go-Go in LA and they shared the stage with the likes of Santana, Tower of Power, and Malo. The band was short-lived however, as adulthood led members to go their separate ways. Forty years later, the band reformed with three of its original members, made its triumphant return to the stage in 2013 at the Voices of Latin Rock Show at Bimbos 365 club in San Francisco, and have have since been playing at various venues and events around the Bay Area.
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 23 at 1:40PM
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.