LONG BEACH — Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures. It will feature traditional crafts, music, dance, demonstrations, cultural arts exhibits, ethnic cuisine, storytelling, and more. Move to the sounds of taiko drumming, watch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and purchase hand-made crafts.

Awa Odori Tokushima Ren
Awa Odori Tokushima Ren

On Sunday, the Heritage Award will be presented to the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group Cold Tofu.

Crafts for children will include origami (provided by Origami Kai) and fish kites.

Café Scuba’s festival menu items will include Korean beef tacos, grilled mahi-mahi, bulgogi kimchi panini and Chinese chicken salad.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. General admission is $28.95 (age 12+) or $18.95 with coupon; $25.95 for seniors (62+), $14.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under 3 and aquarium members. For coupons, go to http://ow.ly/DbX4d.

Parking is $8 (aquarium validated rate). Validation available at the aquarium’s information booth.

For information or tickets, call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 8

10:00 a.m.: Teapot balancing and changing faces with Wei Zhong

10:30 a.m.: Storytelling by BookPALS

10:40 a.m.: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Kodama Taiko

12:20 p.m.: Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts

12:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane, one-man band

12:55 p.m.: Kodama Taiko

1:40 p.m.: Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

2:30 p.m.: Clear Cosmos Dancing Studio

3:10 p.m.: Minyo Odori Kotobuki no Kai

3:30 p.m. Arthur Nakane

4:00 p.m.: Acrobatics of balancing with Shasha Luo

Sunday, Nov. 9

10:00 a.m.: Teapot balancing and changing faces with Wei Zhong

10:30 a.m.: Arthur Nakane

10:40 a.m.: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Acrobatics of balancing with Shasha Luo

12:20 p.m.: Improv at the Autumn Fest by Cold Tofu

12:30 p.m. Arthur Nakane

12:55 p.m.: Kyo no Kai by Nakamura Gankyo

1:40 p.m.: Heritage Award presentation to Cold Tofu

2:30 p.m.: Daion Taiko

3:10 p.m.: Awa Odori Tokushima Ren

3:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane

4:00 p.m.: Cultural storytelling by Cold Tofu

Cultural Demonstrations/Exhibitions

• Kimekomi dolls by Yukari Kai

• New Tang Dynasty TV Shen Yun Performing Arts (traditional dress exhibit)

• Sumi-e calligraphy

• Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California’s Camp Stories exhibit — “Six Weddings and a Dress” with Chiyomi Ogawa

• DK Ornaments & Things

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