43rd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Street Fairs are to San Francisco as cafes are to Paris, and this weekend we have one of the best fairs of them all to look forward to.
The 43rd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair is a true original, one of the few street fairs along the west coast that celebrates Asian-Pacific American citizens and heritage, and a community oriented and connection driven event that shares its beautiful atmosphere and vision through various performances, food, engaging artworks, and plenty of music. Intimately connected with and invested in the history of San Francisco, the Nihonmachi Street Fair also serves to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Bay Area itself while training a new generation of leaders and community oriented thinkers through its lush volunteer program.
This year, the festival takes place in San Francisco’s historic Japantown. Encompassing both Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th, and running from 11:00am until 6:00pm both days, the Nihonmachi Street Fair is a free event, which is jaw-dropping when you consider the variety of entertainment that becomes available to fair attendees:
Art & Soul of Jtown: A unique gathering of numerous Asian-Pacific American artists and their works, this new addition to the Nihonmachi fair is intended to focus on Japantown’s 110th anniversary (Saturday, August 6th).
Doggie World: Love dogs? Then don’t miss Doggie World, which will include animal experts, adoption agencies, dog contests, photo booths, and a doggie crafting area (Sunday, August 7th).
Sounds of Thunder: A showcase of classic muscle cars, hotrods, and other memorable vehicles, this event promises to give you a good look inside some of the most classic American cars as well as some great education regarding their manufacture, heydays, and uses (both Saturday and Sunday).
Food Fest: Local businesses and nonprofit organizations will be on hand to dish up memorable dining experiences that range from okonomiyaki to waffles and everything in between (both Saturday and Sunday).
Also at the fair will be Children’s World which is a great opportunity for your child or children to learn more about the cultures celebrated by the fair, engage in craft making, and play games with their peers.