The Asian community's festivals aren't just events—they are celebrations of a lively culture and shared humanity. Despite the Asian population comprising only three percent of Kansas' population, these festivals draw crowds of thousands, showcasing the profound impact of Asian culture. Beyond the food, drink and festivities, these festivals bring people together from all backgrounds to serve as a powerful reminder of unity and belonging.

Taben Azad, president of the Wichita Asian Association, shares his thoughts on a festival close to his heart. “Personally, my favorite festival is the Wichita Asian Night Market. As a South Asian, whose parents immigrated from the country of Bangladesh, I find myself learning more and more not just about other Asian cultures, but my own, at events like the night market,” he said. “There is nothing more embracing and unifying than an event like the night market, no matter the city or country. It's the mix of foods, performances, arts, activities, and much more that can bring a community, made up of different people and different identities, together to celebrate as one.”

Check out this list of upcoming Wichita Asian festivals.

People gather around a person in a dragon costume during a Lunar New Year celebration

April 14-16: Cambodian New Year

Looking for a taste of Cambodia in Wichita? Mark your calendars for the Cambodian New Year Celebration from April 14-16 at The Wichita Cambodian Society Temple! Get lost in the lively Cambodian culture with traditional flavors like succulent beef sticks, mouthwatering stuffed chicken wings, and crispy egg rolls. Plus, the temple will have a selection of beer and liquor available for purchase. Enjoy traditional music from a local Cambodian band and join in on traditional games. Entry is free, with donations appreciated to support the temple and keep the festivities alive. Don't miss out on this exciting celebration—see you there!

Wichita Cambodian Society Temple
3190 S. Clifton Ave.

Asian Night Market 2023

May 18: Wichita Asian Night Market

As part of the Asian American Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), the third annual Asian Night Market takes inspiration from the lively night markets of Asia. It makes sense that this festival, which features food, entertainers, crafters and more will take place at Riverfront Stadium in the Delano District. at 6 p.m., May 18. This night market aims to unite and empower the community by showcasing local talents, including performers and chefs.

Riverfront Stadium
275 S. McLean Blvd.

Dances bow with hats at Wichita Asian Festival in Wichita KS

May 24-25: Lao New Year - Memorial Day Weekend

Save the date for the Lao New Year Festival, which will take place May 24-26 at the Lao Wichita Temple. Entry to the festival is $5 for adults and free for kids under 18. Immerse yourself in tradition, delicious cuisine and lively music. With 50 vendors offering diverse food and drinks, there's something for every palate. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while traditional bands play music throughout the weekend. With past attendance reaching 8,000 to 10,000, it's proven to be a popular experience!

Lao Wichita Temple
2550 S Greenwich Road

Pageant contestants pose in front of a lit "Asian Fest" sign during Wichita's Asian Fest

Oct. 12: Wichita Asian Festival

Join the Wichita Asian Association for a culture-filled night at the 43rd Annual Wichita Asian Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. on October 12 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in downtown Wichita. Drawing more than 10,000 attendees, this one-day event features cultural performances, ethnic pageants and authentic food and beverages from local vendors. Keep an eye on the Wichita Asian Association's social media for updates and announcements and be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Century II
225 W. Douglas Ave.

All of these celebrations are meant to unite people, Taben said. “Celebrating the many different Asian cultures in Wichita is important for several reasons. It fosters understanding, empathy and unity among people from different backgrounds. It promotes a more inclusive and vibrant community where everyone feels valued and respected. Honestly, it's just fun and exciting to explore new cuisines, art forms and customs that the Asian diaspora has to offer,” he said. 

Wichita's festivals offer an opportunity for both locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in Asian culture. Discover more by exploring other blogs here.