Parade on Saturday, August 8, 2015
Festival from Saturday, August 8 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
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!
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. PLUS: join the Manny Pacquiao Look-a-like Contest!
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.
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.
On the Terrace level of Yerba Buena Gardens, attendees will find the Dance Pavilion, the Ramar Foods Culinary Pavilion, home to Pistahan's popular Adobo Cookoff and Balut-eating Contest, and the Wine Tasting Pavilion where they can sample the limited edition Pistahan wine.
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.
World-class performances on 2 stages
Enjoy world-class performances at the main Pistahan Stage and at the more intimate Bayanihan 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!
7 Pavilions for exploration, discovery and learning PLUS 4 Food Contests for family fun, fame and prizes
A Masskara visual art exhibit will showcase an eclectic genre 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 canvass for art expression. Meet the artists and discover the rich artistic heritage of the Philippines.
RAMAR FOODS CULINARY PAVILION
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 Visayan dishes by renowned Filipino chefs.
On Sunday, the Culinary Pavilion will be the site for the the Qualifying Round for the Kulinarya Filipino Culinary Showdown. Cheer on your favorite amateur and professional chefs as they slice and dice their way for the spot to represent San Francisco at the Championship Round in November of this year, against formidable chefs from Los Angeles, Honolulu and New York.
The Culinary Pavilion is also host to Pistahan's renowned food contests—the 10th Annual Adobo Cookoff, the ever popular Balut-Eating Contest, the Magnolia Ice Cream Purple Freeze Challenge and the Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee.
Adobo is a delicacy dish made with a mixture of vinegar, garlic and soy sauce simmered down with pork or chicken and with vegetables like green beans or eggplant. Various cooks with family secret recipes compete for the Best Adobo!
Professional and amateur chefs are invited to participate in the 10th annual Adobo Cookoff, where celebrity judges and the audience get to vote for the winners. Sign up —>
Don't miss the ever 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! Sign up —>
MAGNOLIA PURPLE FREEZE CHALLENGE (ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST)
Brain freeze addicts assemble! Gorge on ube ice cream (purple yam flavor) at the Magnolia Ice Cream Purple Freeze Challenge, our Filipino version of the classic ice cream eating contest. Last person standing wins! Sign up —>
HEAVENLY ICE CREAM TASTING BEE
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! Sign up —>
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.
Festival attendees can catch the rhythm and partake in folk dance and ballroom dance demonstrations. There is even a free Zumba workshop! This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances, including the Visayan Curacha dance, for a memorable and immersive cultural experience.
KAISER PERMANENTE HEALTH PAVILION
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.
WELLS FARGO HERITAGE PAVILION
This is a mini Filipino museum displaying Philippine antiques, artifacts and material art from local institutions and collectors, often never displayed in public before.
This year’s exhibit, “Farm to Fork: A History of Filipino Farm Labor and Foodies,” will present the rich history of Filipino farm laborers (like the Sakadas from Visayas) and laborers (such as Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz).
The exhibit will also chronicle the emergence of Filipino cuisine and chefs (from White House Chef Cristeta Comerford, to Top Chef winner Paul Qui, and even Filipino winemakers and gourmet food truck owners. Connect with Filipino American history and learn something new!
MARTIAL ARTS PAVILION
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 third 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 the Filipino Martial Arts Tournaments and Workshops featuring Arnis, Escrima and Kali to learn and preserve these indigenous cultural traditions for the next generation of Filipino Americans.