ASIA FEST 2021 & Dragon Parade!

Thank you Salida for a wonderful virtual Dragon Parade! See Facebook for the virtual parade!
Thank you to High Country Bank and Kaleidoscope Toys for your generous support of Asia Fest!

**Asia Fest 2021** Due to Covid-19, our annual Asia Fest will look very different this year. Though we cannot celebrate in person, stay tuned to help us commemorate our 5th annual celebration: the Year of the Ox! Thank you for your continued support of Asia Fest in Salida!

Enjoy these highlights from last year:

Lunar New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat- 4th annual parade and community celebration. February 8, 2020. Throughout January and February, over 200 students in area schools, preschool to 8th grade, learn about the Asian tradition through stories and art, and create dragons and decorations, culminating in a community parade and celebration. Local artists, families, and friends are also invited to create dragons and costumes for the parade in four, free workshops held at the Box of Bubbles. New this year is an Asian themed art show for students, an appearance by the Colorado Asian Cultural and Heritage Dragon and Lion Association, and an evening event for adults. See below for more information. To get involved or for more information, contact

ASIA FEST 2020 Activities:

FILM- January 25 at 7:00pm. Join us for kick off to Asia Fest 2020 with a screening of the film The Farewell starring Golden Globe winner Best Actress Awkwafina. Presented by the SteamPlant.

STUDENT ART SHOW at Fun Street Arcade! Students K-12 can enter the art show and win prizes! All work will be displayed. Make a piece of art with an Asian theme, turn it into the Arcade by Jan 31. Judging and viewing Feb 3-9. Prizes for different age groups. Winners announced after the Parade Feb 8. More info @Salida Creativity Lab Facebook.

JAPANESE ORIGAMI Workshop at the Boys & Girls Club, Tuesday, Jan 28; 4:30-5:30pm. Past workshops included Anime/Manga illustration and Chinese brush painting.

FREE DRAGON-MAKING WORKSHOPS at Box of Bubbles Jan 22, 29, 31, Feb 7; 6-7:30pm. Grab your friends and family and form a dragon team to participate in the 4th annual Chinese New Year dragon parade on February 8! Community members are invited to attend free dragon-making workshops with Salida Creativity Lab! Over 4 sessions leading up to the parade, Tina will guide your team to create a dragon head and body so you will be ready for the parade. For all ages, adults too! We will use recycled materials, paper mache, fabric, ribbon, cardboard, and more. All basic materials provided though feel free to add to our stock for sharing: cardboard boxes, ribbon, fabric, masking tape, glue sticks. etc.

Attend all four sessions, or drop in and out to get ideas! Everyone welcome. Free.
Thank you for helping us celebrate culture and diversity in Salida!
Contact for more info. Thanks to Ken Brandon and Box of Bubbles for providing workshop space for dragon-making.

DRAGON PARADE! Saturday February 8. Join or watch the parade! Meet at Alpine Park at 2:00pm; Parade leaves ~2:15pm, and travels to Riverside Park. Immediately after the parade, the Art Show awards will be announced, and we will have a very special performance by the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon & Lion Dance Association from Denver! Riverside Park. Free! 

More important Parade info: Foot traffic, bikes, wagons, strollers, wheelchairs. No Motorized vehicles allowed.

Volunteers needed for parade, Riverside Park and SteamPlant decoration, set up, and clean up. Contact to get involved.

Saturday night, February 8, 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom. $15.
An evening event for adults. After the excitement from the parade has settled, rest up, then come back and join us as we bring Asia Fest to a close with the Asian Fusion Lounge Disco Party!
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a trip to SouthEast Asia! Step into the swankiest Asian fusion lounge this side of the Arkansas with dress-up, food, entertainment, dj and dancing! A tropical jungle and Southeast Asian menu by Little Cambodia restaurant awaits with heavy tastings of roast pig (Filipino lechon), pineapple fried rice, fresh salads, and sumptuous, lucky noodles! Performance by Colorado Asian Heritage and Cultural Association Dragon and Lion Association. Then dance, dance, dance the night away with DJ and friends on your deserted island. Swanky cocktail attire encouraged. Prizes for the Swankiest. Cash bar. Saturday night, February 8 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom. $15.
Tickets here.
Reserve early, very limited space. This event is adult only.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors:
High Country Bank
Salida Mountain Sports
Kaleidoscope Toys
The Mountain Mail
Contact to help sponsor this free event for the community.

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Click here for beautiful photos by Cailey Mcdermott from previous years @phrecklesphoto. Rights: Photos and video of Chinese New Year Parade