Asian American Neighborhood Festival

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Photo by Paul Mori.

Held in the afternoon in early October

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Performance Schedule

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Asian American Neighborhood Festival, an outdoor event celebrating Asian American heritage at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. This free, family-friendly event celebrates the history and culture of the Asian communities that once thrived in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio. Learn about a number of Asian cultures through performances, food, and hands-on activities.


Performances and artistic displays will celebrate the rich and vibrant traditions of our Asian American community. Traditional cultural performances feature dance, drumming, music, and other performing arts.


Free parking in lot at the corner of Santa Barbara and Canon Perdido Streets behind Panino at 834 Santa Barbara Street.


Sponsored by the George H. Griffiths and Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation.

Gamelan Sinar Surya
Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe
Bob Sedivy
Santa Barbara Wu-Hao Tai Ji Association led by Chao Pang
Togen Daiko of Oxnard Buddhist Temple
Japanese Folk Dance led by Roberta Cook
Master Yun Traditional Tai Chi and Kung Fu
Ojai O'Daiko

Free admission and parking!

Gamelan Sinar Surya

Gamelan Sinar Surya is a Santa Barbara arts organization dedicated to preserving, teaching, and performing traditional Gamelan music. Gamelan is the enchanting Southeast Asian orchestra which includes gongs, chimes, xylophones, flutes, and drums. Played from royal palaces to humble villages, the tradition of Gamelan has been maintained in Indonesia and Malaysia since ancient times.

Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe

The Camarillo Kung Fu and Lion Dance Association prides itself as the largest lion dance group in the tri-counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo who can perform the pedestal (“jong”) routine in accordance with the International lion dancing standards.

Bob Sedivy

Bob Nyosui Sedivy is a komuso monk living in Carpinteria who plays the ancient 5-holed vertical Japanese bamboo flute called the shakuhachi.

Santa Barbara Wu-Hao Tai Ji Association

The Santa Barbara Wu-Hao Tai Ji Association is led by Chao Pang, who offers classes at the Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning and in other venues here in Santa Barbara. Tai Ji is an ancient form of exercise based on Taoist principles and derived from martial arts. The practice of Tai Ji is a journey of self-discovery through a heightened awareness of both body and mind. 

Togen Daiko of Oxnard Buddhist Temple

Togen Daiko, a Buddhist taiko group based out of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, will be giving a heart-pounding performance of the taiko. This group embodies a "Buddhist Taiko" style.Add Testimonial here

Roberta Cook

Roberta Cook will lead audience in Japanese folk dances including the old favorite, Coalminer’s dance.

Master Yun Traditional Tai Chi and Kung Fu

This is the only traditional Chinese Martial Arts studio in Santa Barbara. Their focus is to bring these arts and traditions to our practitioners in order to enhance their understanding of their bodies and improve their overall health. Master Yun, Yun Chao Zhang, has been studying Traditional Chinese Martial Arts since he was six years old.


SS805, formed in 2014, is UCSB's only K-Pop dance team, producing dance covers for YouTube, performing around campus and the Goleta/SB area, and competing throughout Southern California. Auditions are held twice/year. 


Angelita Eller and the dancers of Hula Anyone are dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dance traditions in Santa Barbara. This captivating performance culminates with an audience participation segment.

Ojai O’Daiko

Ojai O’Daiko is a Japanese drum ensemble aimed at embracing the spirit of taiko through performance and learning.


UCSBreakin' was founded around 2010 by Anthony Manzon (Kid Nasty) and Joey Kao (Kaotyk). In the beginning, all it was was just a small mat on concrete with a boombox to keep the music going! But ever since then, the group has continued their legacy and it became something more. They're constantly looking to meet new people to share the same love & passion.

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