The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. A large part of the festival is the Dragon Boat Festival Race, an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated more than 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older. The Asian Music and Dance Fest is a competitive showcase of Asian talents, open to Asian Americans of all ages. It encompasses all categories of the performing arts: traditional and contemporary vocal and instrumental music performances plus folk and modern dance.
There's also no better way to experience anything than with food. Numerous vendors are set up with various Asian countries being represented with favorite signature dishes. See some of the most talented performers on the stage during the Asian music and dance fest and experience heritage and tradition while meeting locals and visitors from all over!