Aloha Polyfest Turns 7
Continuing with our little theme of cultural celebrations, we want to alert you, dear reader, of the wonders heading towards our city by the bay with the arrival of Aloha Polyfest! With a large portion of San Francisco residents coming from Pacific island nations (as well as Hawaii), it only makes sense that numerous events would occur throughout the year geared towards celebrating these diverse and vibrant places and traditions. Aloha Polyfest is one of the best of these festivals, which is why we are telling you about it today.
A free festival, Aloha Polyfest is about to celebrate its 7th year of existence, meaning that, while young, it is also gaining popularity. This can possibly be credited to the wide array of activities, food options, and music that exists at the festival, but it can also be due to the fact that Aloha Polyfest reaches beyond just Hawaiian culture to include traditions from Samoa, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Tonga.
Prepare to find yourself learning about traditional songs and dances as performers of all ages steeped in the cultural rites and activities of the above-mentioned countries take to stages around the festival area to display their knowledge of their traditions. But don’t expect to escape just as a spectator! The music from the lively bands will have you on your feet in no time, dancing to the hypnotic music from these secluded islands.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, then Aloha Polyfest is still the place for you! As is standard at most festivals these days, a widely stocked marketplace will be available for those who hope to take home something more than just the good vibes and tropical sensations. Handmade crafts from the islands mentioned above will be available at numerous booths set up around the festival grounds.
And don’t forget the food! Bring you wallet for this if for nothing else, as your mouth will be watering for pineapples, coconuts, and other delicacies prepared in traditional manners that will be available from numerous vendors set up in convenient locations all across the festival.