Gaithersburg Celebrates Asian American Heritage Month

The City of Gaithersburg celebrates Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

The City of Gaithersburg celebrates and honors Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with programs and a proclamation highlighting the culture, heritage and achievements of our Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander neighbors. See the complete list here.

At the Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Mayor Jud Ashman will issue an official proclamation declaring May 2022 as Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the City of Gaithersburg, recognizing Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders whose valued presence has added to the rich cultural mosaic of our community. The proclamation will be presented to Jay Sun, Honorary President of Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations (CCCAA).

Sun is credited with creating a successful model of cross-cultural cooperation led by the Chinese American community. During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he led CCCAA as the first local organization to coordinate with other Chinese American organizations and manage donations of PPEs to first responders and essential workers. Sun is highly recognized in local communities for his dedicated service, devotion and commitment.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill in June of 1977. President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation proclaiming the week beginning on May 4, 1979, as Asian/Pacific American Heritage week, and President Barack Obama issued a proclamation proclaiming May 2009 as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. President Joe Biden proclaimed May 2021 as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, recognizing the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation. Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages, and their many achievements embody the American experience.

The mission of the Multicultural Affairs Committee is to enrich our City through the promotion of understanding, respect, and appreciation of the many cultures of Gaithersburg.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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