Audubon Zoo Presents Asian Pacific American Society Festival
Saturday, April 7, 2018 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Asian Pacific American Society Festival at Audubon Zoo offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to take part in a colorful celebration of Asian pride, partnership and progress on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Festivals of Asia’’ is the theme of the 2018 event, where guests will enjoy live cultural performances, entertainment, authentic Asian dishes, an information and resource center and a children’s tent.
“Audubon Zoo is once again proud to host a fun-filled celebration of our Asian community,’’ said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the zoo along with delicious Asian cuisine and a full day of cultural and musical performances.’’
The schedule on the Capital One Stage will kick off with a Vietnamese lion/dragon dance by Huan at 10:55 a.m.
Performances will continue throughout the day, including Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Hawaiian dances as well as a fashion show and a martial arts demonstration.
Food booths will include dishes from Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Visitors will be able to experience Audubon Zoo's Asia exhibit, which includes an expansive habitat for the Asian elephants, orangutan and barasingha deer exhibits and Bambu Village Asian Discovery Trail.
Guests also will have the option of checking out Cool Zoo and the Gator Run lazy river, Audubon Zoo's popular water attractions, that will open for the 2018 season on April 7. The weekends-only schedule runs through Sunday May 20.
The water park will open daily for the 2018 summer season beginning Saturday, May 26 and continuing through Sunday, August 12, before returning to weekends only from August 18 through Labor Day, September 4, when the water park will close for the 2018 season.
Asian Pacific American Society Festival activities are included with Audubon membership or with Zoo admission. No outside food, beverage or tents are allowed at Audubon Zoo for special events and festivals. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome.
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Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.