5th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festival

5th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festival at the San Diego County Fair* – Saturday, June 15


The fifth annual, AWARD WINNING, Asian and Pacific Islander Festival Day at the San Diego County Fair is coming on opening weekend on Saturday, June 15 at the Paddock Stage! The Silk Road team is working with the San Diego County Fair once again to bring the return of this fun, family-friendly event.

This fun and exciting day will be filled with cultural and traditional acts from our Asian and Pacific Islander communities in San Diego County and we will continue the fair’s theme of being “OZsome!”

You can expect traditional and cultural entertainment from 11:30 am-7:45 pm, including lion dances, Kung fu, traditional dance, and other performances representing the Philippines, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, India, and more! Then at 8:30 pm, we are excited to present our Asian and Pacific Islander Festival headliner: TRIBAL THEORY!



Asian food? Of course! 17 Hands and Paddock Tavern will have Asian Beers – you must be over 21 to indulge in our Asian beers – as well as Thai BBQ Chicken Tacos and Green Papaya Slaw.  The Paddock Tavern will be serving “Banh Mi” Hand Carved Char Siu Roasted Pork Loin; Pickled Vegetable Slaw (with Sriracha Aioli on a French Roll with Crispy Prawn Crackers); Chilled Soba Noodle Salad; and Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Breast

Your admission into the San Diego County Fair gives you access to the entertainment at the Asian and Pacific Islander Festival Day! Make sure you stop by the Ikebana exhibit, too!  Stayed tuned for more details and make sure you keep checking www.sdfair.com for ongoing fair updates and to get your tickets!   

For the first time ever, we have a Cosplay Contest, presented by Fangaea, the awesomest pop culture and fandom convention! Shoot us a message if you want to enter!


Headliner – Tribal Theory  

We are excited to announce that our headlining act for the Asian Festival Day will be Tribal Theory – they will be performing at 8:30pm at the Paddock Stage!

Tribal Theory of San Diego, California has established themselves as the originals of Urban Reggae music. Formed in 2005, Tribal Theory’s signature is the fusion of their Pacific Island culture with the feel good vibes of Reggae, grittiness of Urban Ska, and the soulful harmonies of R&B.

​Tribal Theory brings that “west coast cool” vibe all around the world. headlining concerts all across Hawaii, Guam, and the tip of Eastern Asia.

The band has received several accolades over the years; most notable are 2011 champions of VANS Warped Tour Battle of The Bands and winners of Orange County Mai Tai Rumble 2013. They also received “Best World Music Album of Year 2013” at San Diego Music Awards and returnied in 2017 to receive “Best World Music Artist.”  Catch them at 8:30pm on the Paddock Stage.

Follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/TribalTheoryMusic and Youtube at www.youtube.com/tribaltheory619.


Special Guest Emcees

Our special guest hosts will include Channel 10 News’ Melissa Mecija and from Sunny 98.1fm, Hula!




Entertainment Schedule – Paddock Stage (from 11:00am – 7:00pm):

11:30 AM – San Diego Lucky Lion Dancers
12:00 PM – Hālau Hula Kāhea O Kalaniana’ole
12:30 PM – Mochi Cafe
1:00 PM – Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center
1:30 PM – Ikebana Demo
2:00 PM – Xingjian Chinese Dancing School 兴坚中国舞蹈学校
2:30 PM – San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute / 샌디에고 한국풍물학교
3:00 PM – La Jolla Taiko
3:30 PM – JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts & Culture
5:00 PM – San Diego Kimono Club
5:30 PM – PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company
6:00 PM – White Dragon Martial Arts – Clairemont
6:30 PM – The Swaggers Bollywood & Western Dance Group
7:00 PM – HIVA KATOA Polynesian Dance
8:30 PM – Tribal Theory


Comedy Night

Also, if you’re looking for comedy, we got special Asian American comedic talent as a part of the County Fair’s LOL comedy series!

Taking place at the Turf Club, we will have:
Justin Rivera (America’s Got Talent, Magician)
Dan Gabriel (Late Late Show, Asia Street Comedy)
Sierra Katow (Laughs on Fox, Last Comic Standing)


What: 5th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festival at the San Diego County Fair

When: Saturday, June 15

Time: 11:30am – 9:00pm

Tickets: Purchase tickets to the San Diego County Fair at www.sdfair.com

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014