Food and Food-Adjacent AAPI Month Events

Get out and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island culture

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and you can celebrate by dancing to DJ sets, reading a memoir, taking a cooking class, or snacking on sushi at a food fest!

Check out our roundup of events supporting AAPI-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations – you might just find your new favorite artist, go-to book club, local bakery, or weeknight takeout spot. The options are endless, but space is limited for some, so fill out those RSVP forms while you fill up your calendar.

R I T U A L S: An AAPI Art Showcase + Dance Party

Saturday, May 14, 6-10pm
Almost Real Things Magazine HQ, 820 Shelby Ln. #103

Cleanse, release, and celebrate with R I T U A L S, a dance party and art show highlighting local AAPI creatives. GA tickets guarantee access to a Jack Daniels and Austin Beerworks-sponsored open bar, vendor market, and DJ set (Lonny Sound), and VIP upgrades are available and include food from Austin Kuih Co and Gan Bei Gals. The event is co-hosted by local creative organization _OFCOLOR and Nina Ho.

Hyphenated: An Asian American Book Club - Crying in H Mart

Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30pm
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron

Feed your brain and your stomach with this month’s Hyphenated meeting. The local book club, which focuses on contemporary Asian American literature, is currently reading Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart, and its discussion will be followed by an H Mart-inspired cooking class. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot online.

Family Fun Day AAPI Celebration at Brentwood Social House

Sunday, May 22, noon-4pm

Storytimes with culturally diverse children’s books, portraits, coloring pages, and more are the spotlight of this celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture. Also features seven local AAPI female founders and creatives, including Cookie Wookie Kitchen.

Austin Bouldering Project AAPI Fest

Saturday, May 26, 11am–5pm

Austin Bouldering Project is partnering with Austin Food Adventures to host an AAPI fest featuring food from eight local vendors including Steamies and Penang Shack, art and other goods from local artists, a lion dance, yoga, and a short film.

ATX Asian Food Fest

Sunday, May 29, 11:30am-8:30pm
5540 N. Lamar

Find your new favorite restaurant at ATX Asian Food Fest! Attendees can anticipate sipping organic lemonade from CITRUS, enjoying Viet street food from Ăn Là Ghiền, chewing on short ribs from Shoyu Sugar, and finishing off with Ube Oreo Banana Pudding from San Marcos’s WEH. All proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofit Open Eyes Beyond Border, which provides disaster relief, organizes COVID-19 vaccination drives, and hosts community wellness events.

Tso's May Special and AAPI Month Collab

Tso Chinese Delivery is collaborating with Peached Tortilla and Chi’Lantro in donating a portion of proceeds to Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. During the month of May, $1 for every order of General Min’s Shrimp & Chicken will benefit AACHI, which partners with the local Asian community to advance public health initiatives through education, advocacy, and more.

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