Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The 21st Annual Asian Heritage Festival will be celebrated May 24th starting at 10 am - May 25th ending at 11 pm. 

Iowa Asian Alliance is organized the annual CelebrAsian event that showcases the cultures, history, food, performances, and many family-friend activities for the community of Iowa to experience. It is an important time to celebrate and pay tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history. Join the festivities and enjoy the food, educational activities and live cultural entertainment! 

CelebrAsian Zodiac 2024
21st annual Asian Heritage Festival

Authentic Food * Cultural Exhibits * Live Entertainment

16 Villages * Market Bazaar * Arts & Crafts * Fashion Show

Auto Show * Lion Dance * Cooking Demos * Asian Drag

Takraw * Martial Arts * Table Tennis * Health & Wellness

Robotics * Inflatables * 75+ Vendors & more!

Click here to learn more.


PBS: Documentaries

PBS has a multitude of documentaries that share the history and culture of the Asian American and Pacific Islander culture.

Link: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month | PBS


First Friday | Our History

Asian Pacific American Artists’ Reception-Thursday, May 25, at the Slow Down Coffee Co. (3613 6th Ave, Des Moines) | 5-6 pm

Various forms of art created by members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community will be displayed.


May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Resources can sometimes be difficult to find. Here are a list of Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Resources.