City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and we are celebrating with a series of events hosted by the Library and many community partners. These groups have come together to deliver a series of events for our entire community to recognize and celebrate the culture and contributions of our AAPI community. Happy AAPI Month!


  • Mahjong Club
    • Renner Frankford Branch Library (6400 Frankford Rd.)
    • Wednesday, May 1, 2024
    • Looking to play Mahjong in a relaxed, beginner-friendly environment? Mahjong club meets Wednesdays to socialize and play games of Chinese mahjong. Mahjong tiles, racks, and rule sheets will all be provided. Players of all skill levels are welcome.
  • Becoming Texans, Becoming America
    • Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Dr.)
    • Exhibition from May 4 – June 8, 2024
    • The Bath House Cultural Center presents “Becoming Texans, Becoming Americans,” an interactive exhibition and oral history project spotlighting the journey of Vietnamese refugees who resettled in North Texas post the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Captured through the lens of Byrd Williams IV and the interviews conducted by Dr. Betsy Brody, this exhibition preserves the essence of the Vietnamese community’s narrative. Through poignant photographs featuring individuals alongside significant personal objects, and the recorded testimonies, the exhibition serves as a vital testament to the resilience and stories of this remarkable community.
  • Lakefront Live! with 박준하 Junha
    • Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Dr.)
    • Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Junha is an up-and-coming jazz saxophonist from Los Angeles, California, currently residing in Denton, Texas to pursue a music degree at the University of North Texas. His vision is to push the sound of jazz forward, and expand on the creative boundaries of improvisation. He has played with and been mentored by some of modern jazz’s greatest musicians, including Kamasi Washington, Immanuel Wilkins, Logan Richardson, Quincy Davis, etc. He incorporates influences from different artists of all types of music, such as John Coltrane, J Dilla, Braxton Cook, Roy Hargrove, and more.

  • Asian American & Pacific Ilander Heritage Month a City Hall Celebration
    • Dallas City Hall (1500 Marilla St.)
    • Thursday, May 9, 2024. Flag Ceremony 6th Floor at 11:40 a.m. followed by entertainment at noon in the Main Lobby 1st Floor 
    • AAACE is partnering with the Bangladeshi American Community of Texas to celebrate  Bangladesh during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 
  • Meals & Memories: a Community Tasting for Asian American & Pacific Islander Month 
    • J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young St.)
    • Saturday, May 18, 2024
    • Years of history and tradition are contained in the food we eat every day. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with food, community, and conversation. Enjoy a selection of small plates created by Daisy Chuskul, chef and owner of Bangkok Inn, a family-owned restaurant serving Dallas since 1982. Register today! 
  • 2nd Annual 2024 AAPI Celebration
    • Sammons Park (2403 Flora St.)
    • Saturday, May 18, 2024
    • ​Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs is hosting the 2nd Annual AAPI Celebration in collaboration with AT&T Performing Arts Center on May 18th 10AM-2PM at Sammons Park.  This outdoor extravaganza is dedicated to commemorating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and promises a vibrant showcase of performances, artist demonstrations, and diverse community booths.
  • AAPI Heritage & Dragon Boat Festival
    • Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Dr.)
    • Sunday, May 19th, 2024
    • The City of Dallas and National Association of Asian American Professionals present the 1st Annual AAPI Heritage & Dragon Boat Festival.  Join us for this family-friendly event, with live performances, hands-on workshops, art, food, vendors, and watch or paddle along with the Dragon Boat race.  In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the festival will celebrate the rich diversity of the AAPI Community in North Texas.  
  • Teen Craft: K-pop Keychains!
    • Pleasant Grove Branch Library (7310 Lake June Rd.)
    • Sunday, May 19, 2024
    • Teens are invited to a special K-POP themed program where they will be making their own keychains with pictures of their favorite k-pop artists. Whether you are a BLINK, ARMY, STAY, or a MOA, come enjoy some music and crafting time!