About the Chinatown StreetFest
On August 25 & 26, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 31th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Dog, 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 5:30PM and is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span 8 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, live music, cultural entertainment, and attractions for families and children.
Established in 1988 by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the StreetFest was created to encourage a sense of community in a place where diversity in people and businesses thrive. Browsing the 8 city blocks one will find a little bit of almost everything the Bay Area has to offer. Of course there will be a big slice of Chinatown, offering everything from jade bracelets to BBQ lamb, and hand crafted ceramics. At the food court, one can find everything from Thai barbeque to kettle corn to exotic fruit drinks.
The highlight of the festival remains its entertainment, and there will be no shortage of it at the Chinatown StreetFest. The Cultural Stage will feature a variety of diverse Asian ethnic acts, such as Chinese lion dances, Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese cultural musical performances, Tahitian dances and much more. Over at the Popular Stage, festival goers will be able to enjoy rock, jazz and R&B performances from some of the Bay Area's finest bands. Whatever the performance, StreetFest explorers will either be kept in awe or will be dancing in the streets.
Many attractions at the StreetFest will also be targeted just for families and children. There will be a youth area featuring carnival rides, petting zoos, giant slides, dunking booths, and lots of other activities. At the StreetFest Cultural Village, both young and old enjoy hands on instruction and activities such as calligraphy, origami, and face painting.
By continually bringing together such a significant part of the Asian business and non-profit sector of the greater Bay Area, the annual StreetFest seeks to preserve a sense of community in a culture that is constantly changing. Keeping with the original design of the StreetFest, we hope to continue promoting the different and unique cultures that make up the backbone of Chinatown, Oakland, and the Bay Area.