Korean Day Cultural Festival
As we have often noted on this blog, San Francisco has long been a great place to be if you want to celebrate, revel in, and engage with the cultures of the world. From it’s rich Polynesian heritage to its ubiquitous Japanese traditions, San Francisco sees itself as a bastion of multiculturalism and a place that welcomes you, no matter where you come from, with open and loving arms.
So far, this summer has displayed that love in the forms of many culturally specific festivals, including the Filipino Cultural Festival, the Festa Coloniale Italiana, Dia De Portugal Festival, and the Nihonmachi Street Fair (for Asian-Pacific American citizens) among others. This weekend, you will have the chance to learn about and marvel at the legacy of Korea in San Francisco with the 2016 Korean Day Cultural Festival.
Held in the famous Union Square, the Korean Day Cultural Festival will run from 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon, providing you and your entourage a full day of experience with modern and traditional Korean culture. Come join the party and get your fill of bulgogi and bajis as you partake in the Korean traditional celebration of Chuseok.
Chuseok, as you may or may not know, is a Korean holiday that shares many ideas with what we celebrate as Thanksgiving. Chuseok is a time to join with your family and loved ones in an atmosphere of appreciation and joy, which makes it the perfect occasion for a day long event. Because the precise day that Chuseok falls on changes every year, this is an event that can take people unfamiliar with Korean culture by surprise. Usually, it falls sometime in October or September, and for the past 23 years the Korean community that calls the Bay Area home has made sure to hold an open festival for all in order to spread the traditions and stories of Korea to everyone.
This year, festival goers can expect to indulge in exquisite Korean food, see performances and dances that are specific to Korea, and walk through a unique expo that features vendors of many Korean goods.