What to do throughout CelebrAsian 2022 in downtown Des Moines

The 2022 CelebrAsian pageant introduced by the Iowa Asian Alliance has returned to downtown’s Western Gateway for the weekend. 

This Friday and Saturday, the streets of downtown Des Moines arrive alive with celebrations of Asian cultures and heritage from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost-free parking is offered in the Nationwide Ramp (entrance at 12th and Walnut streets) for the entirety of the function. 

Right here are some issues to do whilst you discover CelebrAsian.

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Check out a thing new or get a souvenir in a cultural village

Dotted through the festival are “villages,” or tents, that rejoice a variety of countries’ traditions, clothing, food items and a lot more. At the Filipino village, sing your heart out with karaoke. Attempt your hand at drumming in the Japanese village, or pick up some Korean snack foodstuff in the Korea village. Lots of villages have toys or souvenirs related to their international locations.

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Eat your way through Asia

Brown sugar boba milk bubble tea is a new item from Boba Tea 168 at the 2022 CelebrAsian festival.

With a lot more than 20 food items suppliers to select from, competition-goers have lots of alternatives for treats, beverages and entire foods. Most items are underneath $10 and contain choices these types of as hen satay at the Indonesian tent, bubble tea smoothies at Boba Tea 168 and egg rolls from The Egg Roll Women. An alcoholic beverages and beverage tent is found at the corner of 12th and Locust streets, and loads of picnic tables line Locust Street and surround the most important stage.

Terong balado, an eggplant dish from the Indonesian Village, at the 2022 CelebrAsian festival.

Watch area artists perform

On Friday and setting up at 11 a.m. on Saturday, performers consider the main phase at the center of the pageant whose topic this yr is “Music is Existence.” Performances are vast ranging, together with Asian American singer-songwriter Bryce Kai kicking off the overall performance plan, a theatrical Bollywood dance overall performance, martial arts demonstrations and a K-pop dance performance from College of Iowa group Terrible Bitzies. For the entire timetable of performances, bookmark the CelebrAsian event program.

Tavita Taue'etia plays the ukulele at the Pacific islander village during CelebrAsian at the Western Gateway Park in Des Moines,  Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

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Observe a cooking demonstration

Close to the Des Moines Community Library, the cooking demonstration tent sits in entrance of risers for festival goers to watch the preparing of their favorite Asian dishes. Area cooks share their insider secrets to earning delicacies these kinds of as onigiri rice balls, moo ping, banh cuon and air-fried Hmong egg rolls.

If cooking is not your detail, verify out the car exhibit alongside 15th Avenue, take the children to participate in on the inflatables at the corner of 15th Street and Grand Avenue or view the table tennis competitiveness on Grand Avenue.

Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout CelebrAsian at the Cooking Center.

Vote for the 2022 People’s Selection Awards

The Iowa Asian Alliance needs to know what festival goers beloved most about this year’s CelebrAsian. Give your favored distributors, villages and cars the distinctive honor of the People’s Preference Awards by voting on-line right before 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Submit your vote for favourite food items vendor, beloved cultural knowledge, preferred general village, or one particular of a lot of classes for the car clearly show. Results will be declared on Saturday at 5:40 p.m. for anything except car awards, which will be introduced at 8 p.m.