17th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival

17TH ANNUAL PISTAHAN PARADE AND FESTIVAL AT THE YERBA BUENA GARDENS – August 14 and 15, 11am-5pm.  (FREE)  Experience the Philippines in San Francisco.

The largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco is back!  Over 50,000 attended last year.  The Pistahan begins with the Grand Parade at 11am on Saturday, August 14 on Market Street (beginning at Beale) and ending at Yerba Buena Gardens (3rd & Mission).

PARTICIPATE!  The two-day festival is FREE and open to the public.

Be there for the return of the popular Adobo Cook-off and “balut” eating contests, delectable Filipino cuisine and yummy desserts.

Both days will feature an impressive roster of entertainers featuring Filipino jazz, Broadway, and Popular music – Hip Hop, Modern and Folk dance – martial arts – “Balagtasan” rap and poetry – and the best of Filipino art, indigenous crafts, books, games, and interactive cultural pavilions.

This is a once-a-year opportunity to create • educate • celebrate with the Filipino American community!

Pistahan Parade: will take place Saturday August 14 and features beautiful themed floats and approximately 50 contingents. It will be a colorful display of Filipino pride and a celebration of our dynamic community with festive floats, marching contingents and musical groups along Market Street from the Embarcadero to the Yerba Buena Gardens.

Pistahan & Bayanihan Stages: will take place Saturday and Sunday (Aug 14-15) between 11am-4:30pm in Yerba Buena Gardens esplanade. Enjoy world-class performances showcasing Filipino and Filipino American performing artists from Manila, Hollywood, Broadway, the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country.  Pistahan presents a wide variety of entertainment for the entire family, including folk dance, modern dance, hip-hop, R&B, rap, jazz, Broadway, spoken word, and more! Just a partial list of Artists this year includes: TFC’s Toni Gonzaga, DJs Rocky Rock & Know-Madik, Project Runway’s Jay Sario, American Idol’s Jose “Sway” Penala, Gloria Papin, Michelle Martinez, Brian Dublin, Charito, Balut Eating Contest, Tribute to Al Robles, Balagtasan, the CCMT’s cast of RENT, Eye Eighty, My Peoples (formerly Kapakahi), Boondocks, Kulintronica, Parangal Dance Company featuring Kawayan Folk Arts, Likha, Aftermath, OK!DK, and Steps Styles & Spotlight.

Art Pavilion: Visual art exhibits will showcase an eclectic genre and styles of Filipino artists from local areas and abroad through the cooperation of gallery owners, community centers and art groups. Meet the artists and discover the rich artistic heritage of the Philippines. [ In partnership with KULarts and Filipino Community Center ]

Dance Pavilion: Festival attendees can catch the rhythm and participate in folk dance demonstrations and workshops. This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances, hip-hop, ballroom and zuma for a memorable and immersive cultural experience. [ In partnership with the SOMA Filipino Senior Center ]

Creativity Pavilion: A creative space where the youth and young at heart can get hands-on experience learning Mangyan poetry and Baybayin, the ancient Filipino script. Hear Philippine folklores and folktales and take part in the creation of a community mural. [ In partnership with PinoyTattoos and Malaya Designs ]

Culinary Pavilion: Celebrating the many flavors of Philippine cuisine, professional and amateur chefs are invited to feature their special recipe and participate in the annual Adobo Cook-off. Don’t miss the ever popular Mama Sita’s Balut Eating Contest and the Beard Papa Cream Puffs Eating Contest! [ Sponsored by Mama Sita’s and Beard Papa ]

Health Pavilion: Various community organizations will provide useful information, provide awareness, and address the health care issues of our community. Free hepatitis B screenings will also be available. [ Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente ]

“Pinay Tunay” Heritage Pavilion: Spearheaded by the Filipina’s Network (FWN), the pavilion will focus on the role of Filipina women of the past and of today to remember and commemorate the accomplishments and traditions of Filipino culture. The pavilion will offer educational seminars every hour for about 30 minutes each. From Bayanihan Tradition to Art, to SHEroes & Legends and Textiles and Babaylan, the seminars will feature lessons about each of these distinct, defining heritage topics about Filipino culture. In addition to educating the public, each seminar will seek public opinion and input for each of the theme.  [ Sponsored by Wells Fargo ]

Play Pavilion: On Saturday, kids can learn traditional street games played by their counterparts back in the Philippines, like sipa, patintero, sungkaan and more! This highly interactive pavilion will also host arnis escrima and kali workshops, as well as a Tae Kwon Do showcase. [ In partnership with Planet Infinity ]

Filipino American Jazz: Music lovers can discover Filipino influences and enjoy a taste of Filipino Jazz at the Pistahan Stage on both days of the Festival, with Nerio DeGracia Mambo Jazz Sextet and Jonathan Bautista Quartet and . Support the mission of the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival to promote, preserve and celebrate the history and legacy of jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area as performed by Filipino American artists.

For more details, go to Pistahan’s blog at blog.pistahan.net

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