On August 27 & 28, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 24th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, 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 24th Annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
August 27 & 28, 2011
10:00AM to 5:30PM
Entertainment Spotlight: U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu
U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Saturday, August 27, 10:00AM.
Trained in kung fu at the Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China since the age of 12, Master Larry Li came to the U.S. in 1999. After two years of performing, he came to Oakland and establish his kung fu studio in the Chinatown district. Watch the video to hear his story.
Entertainment Spotlight: FOREVERLAND
An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson
FOREVERLAND will be appearing at the StreetFest Popular Stage on Sunday, August 28, 4:00PM.
Foreverland is a 14-piece Tribute to one of the most well-known and beloved entertainers in the world: Mr. Michael Jackson. With four lead vocalists, four horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, the band brings songs like “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Beat It,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” to life, in a way that no other group has done before. Inspired by Michael’s legacy, Foreverland takes his music a step further, going far beyond any typical tribute band or MJ act. Rather than be limited by an MJ impersonator and pre-recorded backing tracks, Foreverland’s unique approach celebrates the larger-than-life performances, imagination and infectious spirit of this legendary artist. The result is a fabulous and thumping 14-piece show band that pays homage to MJ’s undeniable talent and timeless dance music.
Entertainment Spotlight: Great Wall Youth Orchestra
Great Wall Youth Orchestra will be appearing at the StreetFest Cultural Stage on Sunday August 28nd at 2:00PM
The Great Wall Orchestra is a Chinese childrens orchestra created by the Purple Silk Music Foundation, an Oakland-based nonprofit that provides a music education program for inner-city youth.
Student members range from elementary to high school age and play pieces that reflect their high level of skill in playing their chosen Chinese musical instruments.
Many of the students are recent immigrants or first-generation Americans, and the orchestra offers a special connection between their origins and heritage and their life in the United States.
Great Wall performs at many local venues throughout the year. Increasingly, they are invited to perform outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, even abroad.