Sat 5/19-Sun 5/20 @ 11AM-7PM
Cleveland’s AsiaTown has come a long way from when it was called “Chinatown” and included one block of Rockwell Avenue with a couple of Chinese restaurants (that stretch is now home to the bustling Nightmarket which takes place on the last Friday of June-September). It now includes residents from all over Asia who brought over the food and culture that makes the annual Cleveland Asian Fest such a multi-cultural treat.
It takes place on Payne Avenue outside the Asia Plaza, where vendor booths, stages, grills and information tables manned by local organizations and businesses are set up on the closed-off street and adjacent parking lots. You’ll find an array of choices in the food court — Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean — all provided by local restaurants and caterers, including many located in the surrounding blocks. Vendors offer clothing, teas, musical instruments, toys, body products and more, and organizations ranging from local churches to the Peace Corps to the Cleveland Public Library to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo share their missions and services.
There’s plenty of entertainment too including headliners, Chinese-American singer/songwriter Larissa Lam and hip-hop artist Only Won. Or you can play the traditional Chinese game Go or cheer on the contestants in the egg roll-eating contest. Admission is free.