Full schedule of events for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival 2023

From May 1 to May 14, 2023, the National Museum of Asian Art marks its centennial by hosting the inaugural Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival. The museum and its surroundings on the National Mall will celebrate Asian arts and cultures with keynote speakers, headline performers, interactive experiences, culinary adventures and community projects.

This cornerstone of the centennial programming is the first such major festival celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month organized by the museum.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art is committed to preserving, exhibiting, researching and interpreting art in ways that deepen our collective understanding of Asia and the world. Home to more than 45,000 objects, the museum stewards one of North America’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Asian art, with works dating from antiquity to the present from China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Islamic world.

Below is a full schedule of events for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival with dates, times and locations. All events are free and open to the public. The headliner concerts on May 13 require advance ticket for admission into the Arts & Industries building.

Date Time Event Location
5/1/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Freer in Egypt Freer Gallery of Art
5/1/2023 11:45am-12:15pm Conservation Cart Talk: Freer in Egypt Freer Gallery of Art
5/1/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m. Performance: Del Sol Quartet, A Dust in Time Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Flex Space
5/1/2023 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Cooking Class: Kimchi-Making with Tae-Gu  KimchiArthur M. Sackler Gallery  Flex Space
5/2/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Ancient Yemen Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/2/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m. and  3 p.m.–4 p.m. Concert in the Courtyard: Arushi Jain Freer Gallery of Art  Courtyard
5/2/2023 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Performance: Del Sol Quartet, Angel Island  OratorioMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/3/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Calligraphy in  JapanFreer Gallery of Art
5/3/2023 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Performance: Omar Offendum and Ronnie  MalleyMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art
5/4/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Unstill Waters Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Date Time Event Location
5/4/2023 2 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Conservation Cart Talk: Peacock Room Freer Gallery of Art
5/4/2023 7 p.m.–8 p.m. K-Pop Dance Class with Xuejuan Dance  EnsembleArthur M. Sackler Gallery  Flex Space
5/5/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Arts of the Islamic  WorldFreer Gallery of Art
5/5/2023 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Freer Plaza: NMAA × SAMASAMA Art Market Freer Gallery of Art Plaza
5/5/2023 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Freer Plaza: DJ set w/ Coupler Freer Gallery of Art Plaza
5/5/2023 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Film Program: A Page of Madness with live  accompaniment by CouplerMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/6/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Ay-Ō’s Happy  Rainbow Hell Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/6/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m. Panel: Local APA Creator Talk with Linh  Truong, Amjaad Al Hussain and othersMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/6/2023 3 p.m.–4 p.m. Performance: Spilling Ink Divine Vessels:  Exploring Space through Indian Classical  Dance & MusicFreer Gallery of Art
5/6/2023 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Film Program: Romance of a Fruit Peddler and Romance of the Western Chamber with  live accompaniment by Min Xiao-fen and  River GuerguerianMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/7/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: American Art Freer Gallery of Art
5/7/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m. Curator-Led Family Tour: A Splendid Land,  Animal OdysseyArthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/7/2023 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Family Dance Class with Xuejuan Dance  EnsembleArthur M. Sackler Gallery  Flex Space
5/7/2023 3 p.m.–4 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: A Splendid Land Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/7/2023 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Film Screening and Panel: 38 at the Garden Meyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/8/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: The Art of  Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and  the HimalayasArthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/9/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Arts of the Islamic  WorldFreer Gallery of Art
5/9/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m. and  3 p.m.–4 p.m. Concert in the Courtyard: Chromic Duo Freer Gallery of Art  Courtyard
5/9/2023 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Performance: NMAA’s Birthday Bash Immersive Concert with Chromic Duo Freer Gallery of Art  Courtyard
5/10/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Japanese Art Freer Gallery of Art
5/10/2023 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Bollywood Dance Class with Spilling Ink Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Flex Space
5/10/2023 6:30 p.m. –8 p.m. Panel: Fireside Chat with Angela Killoren and  Jerry WonMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
Date Time Event Location
5/11/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Gallery 13 (Chinese  Art)Freer Gallery of Art
5/12/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Anyang: China’s  Ancient City of Kings Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/12/2023 12 p.m.–1 p.m Performance by Xuejuan Dance Ensemble Freer Gallery of Art Plaza
5/12/2023 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Artist Talk: Atul Bhalla, Unstill Waters Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/12/2023 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Freer Plaza: Dance Party with DJ 2-Tone Freer Gallery of Art Plaza
5/13/2023 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Curator-Led Gallery Tour: Gallery 15 (Chinese  Art)Freer Gallery of Art
5/13/2023 TBC Family program: Eva Chen I Am Golden Reading & Book SigningMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 
5/13/2023 12 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Festival Finale Onstage Performances,  featuring music, dance, and dialogueFreer Gallery of Art Plaza /  Arts & Industries Building
5/13/2023 12 p.m.–4:30 p.m. THE REDEYE Market Arts & Industries Building
5/13/2023 6:30 p.m. –10 p.m. Headliner Concert: Raveena and Eric Nam Arts & Industries Building
5/14/2023 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Spark Studio Mother’s Day Jewelry Pop-Up Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
5/14/2023 12 p.m.–2 p.m. Food Demo + Book Signing: Petty Pandean Elliott’s The Indonesian TableMeyer Auditorium, Freer  Gallery of Art 

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