The 38th Annual Lotus Festival Returns to Echo Park Lake This Weekend

Dancers at the Lotus Festival 2007. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Saturday, Echo Park’s Lotus Festival, a free 2-day celebration of Asian-American heritage kicks off at noon. Every year the event features a different country, and the country for 2018 is the People’s Republic of China. Enjoy dances, live music, and demonstrations from a variety of cultures. Saturday’s entertainment includes: Lion dancers, Hula dancing, Muay Thai demos, Korean Folk Dancing and Kung Fu demos. On Sunday enjoy live jazz, Kendo demos, Polynesian Dancing, Bollywood Dancing, and a Bob Baker Marionette show set to music. Check out the complete schedule after the break.

There will also be a Chinese Pavilion, a tea house and ceremony, a food court, origami classes, Tai Chi classes, shopping, a silent auction, a kid’s play area, and my favorite–Dragon Boat Races. The park will also be presenting historical walking tours. You will probably even see some lotus flowers.

Saturday & Sunday, July 14-15, 2018 – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Free parking and shuttles will be provided at the intersections of Logan / Montana and Temple / Glendale.

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About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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