Parade on Saturday, August 13, 2016
begins at 11 am from San Francisco Civic Center

Festival from Saturday, August 13 to Sunday, August 14, 2016
11 am to 5 pm at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens

Presented by Filipino American Arts Exposition

This year’s theme is “Home Away from Home.”
–Al Perez, FAAE President

Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 22nd Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 75,000 people each day. Admission is free and fun for the entire family!

Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE)

The Pistahan Parade on Saturday, August 8th is the traditional kickoff for the Pistahan weekend. We'll be dancing in the streets of San Francisco!

Witness a dazzling display of Filipino culture and traditions. Prizes will be awarded to the best contingent, best costume, best choreography and more!

Parade Schedule and Route for Saturday, August 8, 2015

10:00 am—Opening ceremonies kick-off the Pistahan weekend

10:30 am—Contingents line up for parade

11:00 am—The Pistahan Parade begins at the San Francisco Civic Center at Grove Street and Larkin Street, marches down Market Street, makes a right on 4th street and ends at Yerba Buena Gardens on Howard Street.

2015 Pistahan Parade Route, San Francisco Click map to embiggen.


Colorful floats, historical themes and lively community contingents have helped build Pistahan Parade, as THE Filipino counterpart of San Francisco’s great cultural institutions like Chinese New Year Parade, Carnaval, St. Patrick’s Parade, among others.

Following the Parade, the Festival continues over two days—Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th—from 11am to 5pm at the Yerba Buena Gardens, attracting upwards of 75,000 people each day.


Yerba Buena Gardens is on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Streets in San Francisco's South of Market neigborhood.

On the Terrace level (above the waterfall) of Yerba Buena Gardens, attendees will find the Dance Pavilion where they can catch folk and ballroom dance demonstrations and a free Zumba workshop.

Yerba Buena Gardens also extends across Mission Street into Jessie Square where attendees will find the Martial Arts Pavilion and its boxing and martials arts tournaments, RC drifting and related exhibitor booths and activities. 

Pistahan Festival map of Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square. Click map to embiggen.


World-class performances on the Pistahan Stage

Enjoy world-class performances at the main Pistahan Stage—showcasing Filipino and Filipino American performing artists from Manila, Hollywood, Broadway, San Francisco Bay Area and around the country.

The two-day festival presents a wide variety of entertainment for the entire family, including folk dance, modern dance, hip-hop, R&B, rap, jazz, Broadway, balagtasan (spoken word), and more!

Check out the Pistahan performance stage schedules for an up-to-date list of performers, or follow @Pistahan on Twitter for the latest news.


7 Pavilions for exploration, discovery and learning PLUS food contests for family fun, fame and prizes! 

Check out the Pistahan Pavilions schedule for an up-to-date list of workshops, performers, demos and more! 


A Pistahan Postcards Charity Art Show will showcase eclectic genres and styles of Filipino artists from the Bay Area, around the country and from the Philippines. A second art installation will feature artwork utilizing the iconic and ubiquitous “balikbayan box” as the canvas for art expression. Meet the artists and discover the rich artistic heritage of the Philippines. See schedule >


Celebrating the many flavors of Philippine cuisine, local restaurants will feature their specialty regional cuisine. And be sure to stick around to watch cooking demonstrations on delectable dishes by renowned Filipino chefs.

The Culinary Pavilion is also host to Pistahan's renowned food contests—the 10th Sinigang Cookoff, the crowd-pleasing Balut-Eating Contest, Magnolia Purple Freeze Challenge and the Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee. See schedule >


Don't miss the always popular Balut-Eating Contest. Baluts are fertilized duck eggs, which includes the egg white, yolk, and yes, baby duckling embryo. Winners gain bragging rights for the whole year! See schedule >


An ice cream eating contest where the fastest spoons on the West coast will race to see who finishes a whole tub of Ube (Purple Yam) Ice Cream! See schedule >


Step right up at the Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee—this is a blind tasting competition where the contestant that identifies the most ice cream flavors correctly wins! It's just like a spelling bee, but more delicious! See schedule >


This pavilion is a fun, creative space where children of all ages can get hands-on experience learning Filipino arts and crafts activities and hear Philippine folktales and folklore. Along with coloring and palaspas activities, workshops include button-making, paddle-making, kalinga weaving and ukelele. See schedule >


Festival attendees can catch the rhythm and enjoy folk and ballroom dance demonstrations. There is even a free Zumba workshop! This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances for a memorable and immersive cultural experience.


Come and learn how to improve your health! This is where young ones can enjoy fun nutrition and safety quizzes and adults can sample a healthy version of Filipino dishes. Learn about prevention of heart attacks, understand warning signs of stroke, and get free blood pressure screenings from friendly Kaiser Permanente physicians and nurses. See schedule >


The exhibition will depict the story of World War II in the Philippines starting with the bombing by Japan on December 8, 1941, just hours after Pearl Harbor. It will describe the sacrifices of the Filipino and American soldiers on the Bataan peninsula and the ensuing surrender on April 9, 1942 leading to the horrific Bataan Death March where approximately 10,000 Filipino and 750 American soldiers died. See schedule >

The exhibition will include the heroic efforts of guerrilla movements from the Fall of Bataan until the liberation of the Philippines starting in October, 1944. By the end of the war, Manila became the second most devastated city in the world after Warsaw and approximately 1,000,000 civilians had perished in the Philippines. Interactive stations will include “Tell us about your Family’s History during World War II”.

Another station, Operation Care P.A.X. will invite the public to write down words of encouragement to the Filipino troops stationed in the Spratly Islands. See schedule >


On Saturday, the Pistahan Boxing Championship will showcase some of the finest amateur boxers from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Now on its fourth year, the championship will feature boxers 8 to 25 years old who will compete in Junior Olympics and Senior Open Divisions. The bouts will be dedicated to all great Filipino fighters, including Pancho Villa who hailed from the Visayan Region of the Philippines.

On Sunday, families and friends of all ages are also invited to experience Filipino martial arts tournaments for kids and adults. Demos will feature Arnis, Escrima and Kali to learn and preserve these indigenous cultural traditions for the next generation of Filipino Americans. See schedule >