One of the most popular festivals of the year is an opportunity for Wichita’s Asian communities to come together and celebrate their traditions while inviting all nationalities to learn and observe. You’ll discover rich culture, traditional outfits, masterful performances and food representative of a variety of Asian countries at the 39th annual Wichita Asian Festival on Oct. 26.

Here are five things to know about the Wichita Asian Festival, which last year drew 16,000 to Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.

Dances bow with hats at Wichita Asian Festival in Wichita KS

1. Country Showcase

  • This year 41 countries are represented
  • View traditional clothing and eat food from various Asian countries
  • Get Henna tattoos, enjoy face painting and other activities synonymous with the Asian culture

Performers play drums during cultural dance at wichita asian festival in wichita ks

2. Live Performances and Entertainment

  • There will be 14 on-stage performances highlighting different traditions and values of Asian culture
  • Watch traditional dance

Participants at Wichita Asian Festival dance in Wichita KS

3. It's Free!

  • Activities are free for all ages at this family-friendly event. But bring money to purchase food and to shop!
  • There’s a kids corner with hands-on activities like making paper lanterns and koi fish kits, as well as games and other activities

crowds gather at Wichita Asian Festival in Wichita KS

4. Vendors and Merchants

  • Purchase delicious Asian food made from family recipes and representing these countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Browse and buy cultural handmade items from nearly 50 vendors
  • Artwork and crafts not typically available in Wichita will be on hand

contestants compete in Miss Wichita Asian Festival Pageant in Wichita KS

5. Miss Wichita Asian Festival Pageant 

  • There will be six contestants competing for Miss Wichita Asian Festival. They represent India, Japan, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Last year’s winner was Miss Laos Danielle Taylor
  • Miss Wichita Asian Festival 2016 Greeshma Reddy will emcee the event
  • Additionally, the Wichita Asian Association is giving out a $500 scholarship to recognize the achievements and community contributions of one male or female high school junior who is at least one-quarter Asian

Mark your calendar for 5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 2019, at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.

If you’re looking for other things to do in Wichita, check out our calendar of events.