Whether you are currently in the market or just purchased a home for sale in Irvine, it won’t take you long to figure out Irvine offers an incredible number of fun and enriching activities for everyone in the family. As it happens, this year’s Korean Festival is right around the corner.
Orange County has America’s third-highest Asian population, and Korean-Americans account for Irvine’s second-largest minority group. In 2013, Irvine elected its second Korean-American mayor, Steven Choi, who also founded the festival several years prior and serves on the Orange County Korean Cultural Center’s Board of Directors.
According to Choi, the inspiration for the festival came after he proposed the city establish January 13 as Korean-American Day in Irvine in honor of the pioneer immigrants who arrived in Hawaii from Korea. The city is home to a booming Korean-American culture, which can be experienced at this year’s 7th Annual Korean Cultural Festival. Here’s what you should know about the celebration.
Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
- When is it? Saturday, May 14
- Where is it? Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
- How much does it cost? Parking and admission to the festival is free. Parking is free both on-site and off-site with free shuttle service available to the Civic Center.
About the Festival
The first Irvine Korean Festival was held in 2010, and it draws in an ever-growing number of people. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which begins at 10am at the Civic Center in Westpark.
Entertainment will take place throughout the day and include traditional dance and music, educational programs, and dynamic cultural performances. There will also be a craft fair and exhibition as well as raffles with prizes. The full program for the festival will be finalized shortly.
The festival’s organizing committee encourages people of all backgrounds to attend and enjoy the celebration, which is meant for the wider community.