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SF’s Chinatown Activation Weekends (June 1 – Nov. 30)

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Summertime 2023 Festivals in Chinatown (SF)

This summer and into the fall, the series will also include weekend events on the upper plaza of the Chinatown Rose Pak Central Subway Station.

The opening of the Chinatown Rose Pak Central Subway Station in January of 2023 marked an important milestone as it now serves as a critical connection point for Chinatown, allowing visitors to easily access and explore all the shops and restaurants in the neighborhood.

Over the next few months, San Franciscans and visitors will be able to enjoy music and dance festivals and art programs that celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and history in Chinatown, Japantown, Excelsior, Richmond, Sunset, Bayview, Portola, Little Saigon in the Tenderloin, SOMA Pilipinas, and along Ocean Avenue.

Summertime 2023 Festivals in Chinatown

All of the following events are free and we are told by the city they (likely) don’t require any RSVPs except for the consultations for the Chinese Medicine Fair.

Chinatown Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza activation weekends, Saturdays and Sundays – June 1 through November 30   

10am to 5pm weekly – The activation programs aim to engage and mobilize the community, attracting increased foot traffic and driving sales for small businesses.

Summer on Waverly – June 24  

Starts at 11am – “Summer on Waverly” kicks off summer school break. Organized by CYC, this is a family-friendly gathering that features a wide range of engaging activities suitable for all ages. Prepare for adrenaline-fueled tricycle races, immersive virtual reality games, and a host of other exciting surprises that guarantee a memorable experience for everyone.

Chinese Medicine Fair – Sundays, July 16 + August 20

11am to 3pm – At Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza. Free consultations plus wellness workshops

Craving Chinatown – July 22 

Starts at 11am on Waverly Place –  Calling all foodies! Are you yearning for sunshine, mouthwatering delights, and a delightful atmosphere? If so, mark your calendars for our upcoming “Craving Chinatown” event, taking place on Saturday, July 22rd. Prepare your taste buds for a delightful experience as over 30 local eateries participants to offer an enticing selection of appetizers, entrees, baked goods, desserts, and refreshing beverages.

Hungry Ghost Festival – August 26 

4-9pm at Portsmouth Square – The Hungry Ghost Festival, akin to the Day of the Dead, celebrates Chinese traditions and cultural heritage. This festival provides an opportunity to honor ancestors and deceased loved ones through various rituals and blessings. Additionally, it serves as a platform to promote and support Chinese businesses by organizing events that showcase their products, services, and cultural contributions. By combining traditional customs with contemporary approaches, the festival fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture while stimulating economic growth within the community.

  • 4 PM “Ghost King Parade” – Chinatown – Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza – with a 15ft “zhizha” (paper craft) Ghost King
  • 5-9 PM Activities – Portsmouth Square & Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza

All Nations Singers and Dancers, Astra Logik, Baht Wor Charity Foundation 美西八和會館, Red Lightning, Carlie Mari Algas, Eileen Torrez, Ensamble Folclorico Colibri, IИTI, Portsmouth Square Dance Club, Samoan Community Development Center Youth Group, Solitaire Miguel, Chungtech x Fault RadioGHOST KING PARADE 大士王出巡
Lotus Tao Culture Association, MUMU, Summer Mei-Ling Lee, Yau Kung Moon, Wong Gar Huen Kuen Kung Fu, Clarion Performing Arts Center, Art Together Hong Kong

Ancestral Altar: Honoring the Cardinal Points & Elements x Marigold Project , Ancestor Altars x Balay Kreative, Altar and Bun Mountain by Lotus Tao Culture Association, Irma Ortiz, Helen Shewolfe Tseng, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Native American Health Center (NAHC), Kearny Street Workshop, RealSoul, Teaphile, Hospitality House

Samoan Community Development Center, Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC), Chinatown YMCA, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Community Youth Center, Sunset Chinese Cultural District (SCCD), Chinese Progressive Association

Chinatown Night Out – September 6

4pm at Portsmouth SquareJoin the San Francisco Police Department and community partners for Chinatown Night Out on Wednesday, September 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Portsmouth Square (745 Kearny Street). Meet your neighbors and local SFPD officers at this free event while participating in a raffle, eating food, connecting with community resources and enjoying live entertainment.

Chinatown Autumn-Moon Festival – September 23-24  

9am to 5pm along Grant Ave. The annual Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival is a popular street fair that celebrates the abundance of the autumn harvest. Grant Avenue will come alive with vibrant booths selling a variety of goods, while live music and performances will be played throughout the day to pay tribute to the arrival of autumn.

Chinatown Dance!  – September 30 

Along Grant Ave. Time TBD – The exciting fusion of traditional and urban dance event arrives this fall! Chinatown Dance! will showcase the captivating blend of cultural heritage and contemporary movement, celebrating the harmonious merging of traditions. Stay tuned for more information.

Chinatown Halloween Festival – October 28  

Exact location and time TBD – Get spooky at the Chinatown Halloween Festival this fall! Engage in a costume contest, strike a pose at the photobooth, get your face painted, and enjoy many other thrilling activities. It’s an event for all ages to get wild and celebrate Halloween in a Chinatown uniquely way!

More details should be available soon at spotlightchinatown.com/summertime

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

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Categories: *Top Pick*, Eating & Drinking, Fairs & Festivals, Fun & Games, In Person, Kids & Families, Outdoors
Venue: Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza
Address: Chinatown, San Francisco, CA