2017 marks the 8th anniversary of the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival, an event designed to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County.
This community event is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment. The Festival takes place on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!
Entertainment throughout the day will include traditional and contemporary dance performances, gymnastics and tae kwon do demonstrations, and an appearance by a singer who stars in Nickelodeon’s “Make It Pop.”
Korean-American singer Megan Lee, one of the actors in the K-pop-inspired show, is slated to perform at 4 p.m.
Raffles will be held throughout the event, with prizes that include round-trip plane tickets to South Korea. Proceeds from the event are put toward a fund to eventually build a Korean cultural center in Irvine.
The first mass group of Korean immigrants arrived in the U.S. on January 13, 1903. One hundred and two (102) Koreans traveled across the Pacific Ocean on the S.S. Gaelic ship and arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii where they began to live as sugar planters.
Over a century later, the California State Legislators and the U.S. Congress declared that landmark day “Korean American Day.” The City of Irvine permanently recognized January 13th as the “Korean American Day”
The Irvine City has a very large population of first and second generation Korean Americans.
<!–The 2016 Irvine Korean Cultural Festival Committee wish to thank the community, attendees, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who made this year’s festival a huge success. In true festival fashion, there were long lines to wait in and patience to be had with our hardworking vendors trying to take care of all 10,000+ guests. The festival was filled with Korean traditional music, dances, performances, eating contests, raffles, games, and food! It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the activities, arts, and cuisine that the festival offered.
Again, on behalf of the Festival Committee, we thank you for celebrating Korea’s diverse heritage with us and look forward to seeing you next year.
We have a wonderful selection of images that captures all the fun at the festival.