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 munching on sushi at a food festival!
Check out our roundup of events supporting AAPI-owned businesses and nonprofits – you just might find your new favorite artist, book club, local bakery or weekday take-out place . The options are endless, but space is limited for some, so fill out these RSVP forms while you fill your calendar.
Saturday May 14, 6-10 p.m.
Almost Real Magazine Headquarters, 820 Shelby Ln. #103
Cleanse, release and celebrate with RITUALS, a dance party and art exhibit featuring local AAPI creatives. GA tickets guarantee access to an open bar sponsored by Jack Daniels and Austin Beerworks, a vendor’s market, and a DJ set (Lonny Sound), and VIP upgrades are available that include food from Austin Kuih Co and Gan Bei Gals. The event is co-hosted by local creative organization _OFCOLOR and Nina Ho.
Tuesday May 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron
Feed your brain and stomach with this month’s hyphenated meeting. The local book club, which focuses on contemporary Asian American literature, is currently reading Michelle Zauner’s book Crying in H Martand his discussion will be followed by a H-Mart– inspired cooking class. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot online.
Sunday May 22, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Storytimes with children’s books, portraits, coloring pages and more take center stage in this celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture. Also features seven local AAPI founders and creators, including Cookie Wookie Kitchen.
Saturday May 26, 11am-5pm
Austin Bouldering Project is partnering with Austin Food Adventures to host an AAPI Festival featuring food from eight local vendors including Steamies and Penang Shack, art and other merchandise from local artists, a lion dance, yoga and a short film.
Sunday May 29, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Find your new favorite restaurant at the ATX Asian Food Fest! Attendees can expect to sip organic lemonade from CITRUS, savor Viet street food from Ăn Là Ghiền, chew ribs from Shoyu Sugar, and finish with Ube Oreo Banana Pudding from WEH from San Marcos. All proceeds from the event will benefit the local non-profit organization Open Eyes Beyond Border, which provides disaster relief, organizes vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 and organizes community wellness events. .
Tso Chinese Delivery is collaborating with Peached Tortilla and Chi’Lantro to donate a portion of proceeds to the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. During the month of May, $1 from 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.