AAPI Amplified (Free Event)

Join Houston First Corporation on May 14th from 4pm to 9pm as we amplify the voices of the Asian American Pacific Islander community during AAPI Amplified. HFC will celebrate and support Houston’s vibrant AAPI communities with an evening of traditional and contemporary dance performances, a fashion exhibition featuring traditional attire from several Asian countries, and an outdoor market featuring local AAPI-owned businesses. The event is free and open to the public.

Houston First Corp is the official destination management organization for the city of Houston. In addition, Houston First owns the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, manages the George R. Brown Convention Center along with 10 city-owned properties and developed the Avenida Houston entertainment district.

AAPI Amplified would not be possible without the support of the local Asian community. Together with Houston First, Asia Society Texas, Japan America Society of Houston, Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, Filipino Young Professionals of Houston, and the Lao American Association will delight visitors with a cultural experience filled with music, dance, fashion and shopping.


Event Details

Saturday, May 14th
4:00pm - 9:00pm 
Avenida Plaza


4:30 PM Korean Showcase: Traditional Dance, K-POP Dance, & Drumming Exhibition, Han Narea

5:15 PM Lao Dance, Lao American Association

6:00 PM Indian Dance, Silamban Dancers

6:45 PM Tinikling, Filipino Young Professionals

7:30 PM Drums, Lion & Dragon Dance, Lee’s Golden Dragon


Fashion Exhibition

Kimonos provided by Japan-America Society of Houston

Ao Dai by Houston-Vietnamese fashion designer, Nghi Nguyen

Shalwar Kameez by Houston-Pakistani fashion designer, Sameera Faridi of Poshak

Hanboks provided by Korean American Chamber of Commerce

Sinhs provided by Lao American Association


Interactive Art

Unity in Diversity art wall provided by Asia Society Tx

Kids Cultural Craft booth managed by Dear Asian Youth


Community / Market Vendors

Anime Matsuri

Asian Chamber of Commerce

Community Cloth

Banh Xeo Blankets

Mama Vann

Tea House


Laurel Collective

Parking and Transportation

Guests coming to experience AAPI, can find garage parking in the Avenida North and Avenida South parking garages, located at each end of the George R. Brown Convention Center More information on rates and transportation can be found here. 

Avenida Houston Map