Music, dance, foods, kung fu and much more. Experience the vibrancy of Asian American & Pacific Islander culture in Orlando.


May ushers in a vibrant celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in Orlando, where the rich cultural tapestry is woven with award-winning restaurants, dynamic community organizations and thriving cultural hubs.

Discover: AAPI History & Culture

From the bustling streets of the Mills 50® district to the serene music of Pacific Islander communities, the AAPI presence in Orlando is as diverse as it is impactful. These 2024 events honor the rich history and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander communities to the fabric of American society, and they are all free to experience.

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Honoring Asian American Heritage & Culture

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Kicking off the month-long celebration is this event hosted by downtown’s Orange County Regional History Center, where attendees can immerse themselves in Asian American heritage and culture. While admission is free, space is limited. Guests are encouraged to reserve a spot.

  • What: Honoring Asian American Heritage & Culture
  • When: Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando)
  • Admission: Free (RSVP Here)

Orange County’s 12th Annual AAPI Heritage County Celebration

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Orange County will host its 12th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage County Celebration at the Orange County Administration Center in downtown Orlando. This gathering serves as a platform to recognize the achievements and contributions of AAPI individuals, fostering unity and understanding among diverse communities. Admission is free, but please RSVP in advance.

  • What: 12th Annual AAPI Heritage County Celebration
  • When: Tuesday, May 7, at 7:20 a.m.
  • Where: Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando)
  • Admission: Free (RSVP Here)

Kung Fu Show

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The mesmerizing Kung Fu Show presented by the Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple at downtown’s Orange County Public Library offers a unique opportunity to experience the richness of Chinese culture through captivating performances. From exhilarating lion dances to graceful tai chi demonstrations, this event promises to be a vibrant showcase of these traditions.

  • What: Kung Fu Show
  • When: Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Orange County Library Central (101 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando)
  • Admission: Free (Website)

East Meets West

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For those looking to experience the fusion of East and West, this two-day event is a must. Held at East End Market in the Audubon Park Garden District, it will offer a delicious journey through Asian and fusion cuisine, alongside a unique marketplace overflowing with handcrafted goods, souvenirs and artwork.

  • What: East Meets West
  • When: Saturday, May 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: East End Market (3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando)
  • Admission: Free (RSVP Here)

Asian Cultural Festival

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The Asian Cultural Festival, organized by the Asian American Heritage Council, is a highlight of the month-long festivities. Held at the scenic Ocoee Lakeshore Center Bill Breeze Park, this event showcases the rich cultural heritage of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam through performances, cuisine and interactive activities.

  • What: Asian Cultural Festival
  • When: Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Ocoee Lakeshore Center Bill Breeze Park (125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee)
  • Admission: Free (Website)

Orange County Asian-Inspired Art Contest Award Ceremony

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Art enthusiasts will be delighted to attend the Orange County Asian-Inspired Art Contest Award Ceremony. Held at the Orange County Admin Center, this event recognizes the talent and creativity of local artists while celebrating Asian-inspired art forms that serve as a bridge between cultures.

  • What: Asian-Inspired Art Contest Award Ceremony
  • Where: Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • When: Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando)
  • Admission: Free

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