Events celebrating Pan-Asian culture around Atlanta for AAPI Heritage Month

People dining in shopping area at The Works on November 17, 2022
Brandon McKeown

The month of May is dedicated to celebrating the diverse and rich cultures of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, and Atlanta has a variety of events this month that offer dim-sum-thing for everyone. Whether you are looking to connect with your AAPI heritage further or if you’re simply interested in learning more or celebrating alongside the community, check out the following pho-nomenal events that are happening this month below.

AAPI Month at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

All month long, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta will be featuring educational programming related to Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. Stop by their Science Bar, Art Studio and Innovation Station to learn more about Asian American leaders in science, art and innovation, and head over to the CMA stage for interactive storytime, experiments and hands-on activities.

Labor of Love: AAPI Makers Market

On May 13 at the Duluth Festival Center from 2-5:30 p.m., check out the inaugural Labor of Love: AAPI Makers Market, filled with local crafts from AAPI makers, artisans, craftspeople and entrepreneurs selling their labors of love. Support the Pan-Asian community by supporting this local event hosted by the Asian American Advocacy Fund.

Rush Hour Music and Art Festival

Castleberry Hill’s Peters Street Station venue will be hosting the first-ever Rush Hour Music & Arts Festival on May 12 and May 13. This unique event celebrates the best of Black and Asian American creative culture by addressing mental health, cultural pride, family dynamics and more through a blend of visual art, performances, vendors and DJ sets.

Suwanee Town Center - AAPI Heritage Month

Head to Suwanee Town Center for a celebration of all things Asian as they celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. This family-friendly event takes place on Friday, May 19 and will feature cultural performances with traditional costumes, food, music and more.

Kamay Arts and Music Festival

The mission of the Kamay Arts and Music Festival is to fight anti-Asian hate by shining a light on Southeast Asian culture, including Cambodian and Filipino culture. Come to Underground Atlanta on May 20 for a vibrant (and free!) celebration that features art exhibits, murals and a dance floor.

AANHPI Heritage Month: Spring Social

The Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) will be holding a Spring Social mixer at Chattahoochee Food Works on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. If you’re looking to network and meet other AANHPI professionals in the Atlanta area, stop by to mix and mingle.

InvAsian: Japan Edition

If you’re in the mood for fire spinners, martial arts demonstrations, cosplay contests and more, head on over to InvAsian: Japan Night, taking place at District Atlanta on Saturday, May 27 at 10 p.m. and serving as a great MomoCon afterparty. They’ll even have a marketplace of handcrafted goods, food and drinks (including alcoholic bubble tea!)

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