Date: May 5, 2012
Place: Ramsey Creek Park
Cost: Free to attend. Visit the official festival site for information on becoming a vendor, sponsor, or race participant.
The 13th Annual Charlotte Asian Festival is an annual family-oriented event for the Asian and non-Asian community in and around Mecklenburg County and throughout the Carolinas. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history.
The 7th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race is an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older.
The Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival Race are organized by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association.
In the 1960s, there were fewer than 200 Asians and only eight Asian businesses in Charlotte. Today, the Asian-American population in greater Charlotte has grown to around 70,000, representing over 15 countries of origin, and directly involved in hundreds of businesses. Various civic groups within the Asian-American community are actively engaged in reaching out to share, promote, enrich and contribute to the well-being of all citizens of this multicultural community we call home.