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CelebrAsian 2021

September 29, 2021

Bravo and Wells Fargo present the 18th Annual CelebrAsian Silk & Spice this October 1 and 2. You can eat, drink and explore your way through the festival with over 50+ vendors and organizations. Enjoy live music, cultural performances, hands-on activities, a fashion show, scholarship awards and of course the Best Village judging and new this year, People’s Choice! Join us to vote for your favorite Village, culture and food! Experience the festivities from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 in Downtown Des Moines’ (DSM’s) Western Gateway Park.

Schedule of Events

The Main Stage is set to offer a variety of entertainment across the two-day event. Check out the listing below for more information:

Friday, Oct. 1

  • Live Music by Larry Berenguel, Jr.
  • Eating Contests such as Balut
  • Break Dancers: DMI on the RISE!
  • Bollywood Dance
  • Vida Sisters
  • Fuzon Unlimited & DJ Clife Ultimate Dance Party

Saturday, Oct. 2

  • Tai Dam Featured Village
  • Japanese Village/Soten Taiko
  • Shadow Fist Martial Arts
  • Pacific Islander Village – Aloha Wind
  • Variety of Cultural Performances by the Various Villages
  • Table Tennis Championship Match
  • Cultural Fashion Show
  • CelebrAsian Scholarship & Best Village Award Presentation
  • LipSync Battles & More
  • Earth To Mars- A Bruno Mars Experience

More details for the Bravo Main Stage performances and event can be found here. You can also find free parking, sponsored by Nationwide, here.


CelebrAsian Villages

This year when you attend CelebrAsian, you’ll have the opportunity to visit 14 AAPI Villages highlighting the theme of “Silk & Spice.” From the Tai Dam, which is this year’s featured Village to new Villages, Pacific Islander and Myanmar, we have a record number of Villages. You can expect to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia through their cultural heritage, music, performances, food and more food!

Other Highlights

Did you know that CelebrAsian is pet-friendly? Bring your pooch downtown to explore the festival with you. Just make sure your furry friend is leashed and properly trained for crowds and events.

Learn more about CelebrAsian at iowaasianalliance.com.

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Prem Chandrasekaran

Prem Chandrasekaran is festival chair for the 2021 CelebrAsian Festival.