California Festivals


California Polynesian Festivals

SAN MATEO: Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association scaled-back version of its popular annual San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 14, 2022, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with a day-long Bay Area Aloha Concert: Nā Hōkū Hanohano Multi-Award Winner Josh Tatofi, Patrick Landeza and Sons, Pomaika'I, Ho'omana, and Manuia Polynesian Review.  Ohana Korner with activities for children, Community Booths, Arts & Crafts, Vendors, Food and Lei Making.  Attendees may bring low-back beach chairs and blankets for concert seating and their own food and beverages (no alcohol). San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403  $25, ; Parking is $18

REDONDO BEACH: Slack Key Fest January

MERCED: Tahitian Dance Competition and Cultural Festival March 22-24, 2019
Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete
Golden Valley High School
Merced, CA 95340
The longest existing, annually held, Tahitian Dance and Cultural Festival outside of French Polynesia
Those who enjoy a rich experience in traditional culture and dance will be enthralled by Friday's presentation of the Solo Dance Competition eliminations and Saturday's finalist performances, ranging in ages of 4 thru adult, beginners thru professional, both men's and women's categories. Friday's event also includes the Maeva Merced Polynesian Pageant, where lovely ladies and handsome gentlemen compete for the prestigious title of Miss and Mr. Maeva Merced. During the pageant, the Ahuroa (more formal Aparima dance style) Competition will be judged, as well as the Masters solo category finals. The Solo Dancer Finals, Groups and Group Drumming Competition, First Place winners of the Professional Soloists for the Overall Vahine and Tane Best Dancer Awards all offer great entertainment.

AZUSA: Pacific Islanders  Lu'au  March 30, 2019, 5-9 p.m. at Azusa Pacific University.
Azusa Pacific University - Felix Event Center
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA
$5 Show Only, $18 Dinner & Show |
Polynesian culture showcase includes dances that perpetuate the rich Polynesian culture and heritage while glorifying and worshipping the Creator. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner tickets | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for show only tickets. Show begins at 7 p.m.

DANA POINT: Le Polynesia Spring Showcase March 30, 2019, 12 p.m.
Doheny State Beach
25300 Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Live music and performances delight at the warm, sunny, Southern California beach.

SANTA ANA: Te Ori Here April 6, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Century High School
1401 S. Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, California
6th annual showcase competition for the famed Southern California Le Polynesia. Vendors, exotic costumes, top Polynesian dancers compete in Solo Competition.

SEAL BEACH: Ohana Day April 13, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hosted by Surfrider Foundation
Seal Beach Pier
Seal Beach, California
While this event is an environmental conservation beach event with educational elements, surfing and clean up, there are also vendor booths and live music designed to capture the spirit of "Ohana" which means "family."

SANTA CLARITA: Santa Clarita Valley Pacific Islander Festival May 5-6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
William S. Hart Park
24151 Newhall Ave.
Newhall, CA
Free admission
Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Annual Pacific Islander Festival of Santa Clarita Valley, hosted by Kalakeke Pacific Island Dance Company held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. This family event will feature live entertainment from local Polynesian Dance groups and Musical Artists. Enjoy Pacific Island food vendors and Island craft vendors. 

FOSTER CITY: Polynesian Festival May 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Leo Ryan Park Amphitheatre
Foster City Parks and Recreation Department's annual Polynesian Festival! E komo mai (welcome)! Bring the ohana (family) and celebrate Polynesian culture with activities, arts and crafts booths, possibly canoe rides offered by Ho'okahi Pu'uwai Outrigger Canoe Club, food and more! Admission is free. Food and drinks sold. Don't miss this exciting day of cultural activities, arts and crafts booths, canoe rides offered by Ho'okahi Pu'uwai Outrigger Canoe Club, food and more! Admission is free, however food and drinks are available for purchase. Polynesian Dance companies have included Heilala O Polynesia of Newark, Hui Tarava of San Francisco, Kawailehua Hula Ohana of Milpitas, Manuia of Daly City, Merahi o Tehani of Union City, Motu'aina of Danville, Rahiti of Daly City, Te Fare Upa Here/Nemenzo of San Francisco, Te Pura O Te Rahura'a of South San Francisco and Tiare O Te Ao of Hercules.

LONG BEACH: Pacific Islander Festival May 4-5, 2019
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
$30 aquarium admission,
15th Annul event invites the public to discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands. Experience traditional island music, dance, and cultural crafts. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, and Hawaiian games. See artisans demonstrate their traditional art of weaving. Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Kiribati, Marshallese, and Maori cultures will be featured. A tropical getaway awaits.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Ho'olaule'a May 4-5, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay
San Diego, CA
San Diego Ho'olaule'a brings the Spirit of Aloha back to De Anza Cove Park. This event is all about sharing our Hawaiian Culture with all during our May Day Celebration, San Diego Style. Poi Pounding, Kapa workshop, Lei Making, and Lei Hulu ( the art of using Feathers) in the cultural village, non-stop music and hula on two stages, Boutique and food vendors and Kupuna tent so all Kupuna can have a place to sit with a nice view of the stage out of the sun. Most of all we have smiling faces from the shore to the park as we share the love for the Hawaiian culture and all the other cultures that call Hawaii home.

PLEASANTON: Hawaiian May Day Festival May 11-12, 2019 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.
Pleasanton, CA
May Day Festival Celebrates Hawaiian culture. The first May Day Festival was held in 1985 at the Hayward Plunge. From 1989 to 1994, it was held at Cal State Hayward, until finally settling at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. This special event is held each year by the Kumu Hula Association of Northern California, which was founded in 1984 by the late Ehulani Enoka-Lum and continued by daughter Deanie Lum-Villiados. In addition to the May Day Festival, the Kumu Hula Association also organizes the Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival & Competition held each November.

SANTA FE SPRINGS: Heritage of Aloha Festival May 18-19, 2019, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park
12100 Mora Dr.
Santa Fe Springs, CA |
Free admission
The Heritage of Aloha Festival is a 2-day event featuring a cultural marketplace, island food booths, ukulele contest, spam musubi eating contest, raffle grand prize (cruise to Hawaii), workshops, makahiki games, and continuous Hawaiian/Polynesian music and dance on a beautiful outdoor stage. Admission and parking is FREE!

LONG BEACH: Celebrate 25 Years of E Hula Mau by Na Mamo, Hawaiian Concert June 15, 2019
$25, |
The Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Join Auntie Geri Kuhia & Friends for an evening of Hawaiian music and hula to celebrate and support Na Mamo and the 25th Anniversary of E Hula Mau. Performers will also include The 3 Ds: Uncle Duke Ching on steel guitar, Uncle Dean Lining on ukulele and vocals, Uncle Donald Fernandez on Bass. Hula from Hālau Nā Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu, and more.

NORWALK: Southern California Hura Tahiti Tahitian Dance Competition June 29-30, 2018
Cerritos College
11190 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA

SAN JOSE: Tahiti Fete  Canceled in 2018 & 2019
San Jose Event Center
San Jose, CA

SAN FRANCISCO: Aloha Poly Fest June 23, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Marina
San Francisco, CA
Free admission,
Hawaiian, Somoan, Tonga and Fiji, Tahiti, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Guam come together at this island event. Hawaiian/Polynesian festival inviting the public to celebrate and learn about cultures in and around the South Pacific through music, dance, food, crafts and more.  Hawaiian song Taimalieitane Islands of Polynesia - Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori song & dance Hawaii - Samoa - Tonga - Tahiti - Fiji - Guam - Cook Islands - New Zealand

SANTA BARBARA: Aloha Spirit Bash July 27, 2019
 Noon- 5 p.m.
Elings Park
Santa Barbara, CA

LAWNDALE: Alondra Park Ho'olaule'a, July 20-21, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alondra Park
Lawndale, CA
Annual island celebration with music, food and dance. 
Past Line up: Kumu Kanani Kalama | Hula Hālau o Lilinoe a Na Pua Me Ke Aloha | Hālau Hula o Noelani | Auntie Geri Kuhia/ Mehana | Hālau Hula Lani Ola | Aina Creation | Lokelani Rhythm of the Island | Hawai'i Aloha closing song both days | Keanuenue Polynesian Review | Kaleonalani | Hālau Hula Na Mamo O Pana`ewa | Halau Hula Kawika Laua o Leinani | Heali`i Polynesian Review

LONG BEACH: Tafesilafa'I July 21-27, 2019

SAN MATEO: San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 10-11, 2019, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Free admission, $15 parking,
The Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association (PICA) hosts Aloha Festival in August! For this year's event, it is held at the San Mateo County Event Center (home of the San Mateo County Fair) in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission is still free! The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids! This is an alcohol and drug free event.

SANTA CRUZ Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival August 18, 2019, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz, CA
Annual Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival celebrates the history of the Three Hawaiian Princes who first rode redwood surf boards at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River during the summer of 1885, years before the Wharf was built in 1914. Our Hawaiian connections continue to this day via the Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. Designed especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race. The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances.

ORANGE: Orange International Street Fair August 30-September 1, 2019
Downtown Orange, CA
Polynesian Street offers the foods, vendors and entertainment you seek. Operated by clubs and non-profits who get to keep the proceeds (after fees) from this event, you support the Polynesians and their communities with your purchases and attendance at the free street fair held every Labor Day weekend. See many themed streets representing cultures, countries, and regions around the world.

TORRANCE: Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival September 28, 2019
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
Celebrated Pacific Islands culture through song, music and craft. A full day of entertainment on two stages. 

ALPINE (San Diego region): Heiva San Diego-Ori Tahiti Dance Competition August 9-11, 2019 
Viejas Casino
5000 Willows Rd
Alpine, CA 91901
Reva Tahiti Productions invites the public to Heiva San Diego-Solo Ori Tahiti Dance Competition. It brings Tahiti  its culture and traditions to San Diego for a weekend of exciting and unique opportunities for our Polynesian community. Enjoy beauty, pageantry, an Authentic Tahiti Village, and a Polynesian and French Gourmet Cuisine as you unwind in this local-style Pavilion offering beautiful lighting and exotic flowers. Don't miss our live traditional show & music direct from Tahiti and her isles.

NAPA: Napa Valley Aloha Festival September 21-22, 2019
Napa Valley Expo
575 Third St.
Napa, CA.
Free admission, free parking
The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation sponsors the annual which is held the third Saturday in September. Proceeds from the festival go to support special programs and scholarships in education and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture. The event is free and everyone encouraged to attend. The festival has live entertainment and vendors from the Hawaiian and Polynesian communities in the form of authentic foods, music, dance, arts, crafts, clothing and wares, who are from all over the West Coast and Hawaii. Cultural presentations (lei making, etc.) are interactive and may have a small participation fee. Items Allowed: Folding low-back chairs Blankets or small tarp for the grass area Backpacks and small coolers

SAN DIEGO: PIFA Pacific Island Festival September 21-22, 2019
Ski Beach, Mission Bay, San Diego, 92109
Ski Beach, San Diego, CA.
Emphasis on the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Heali'is Polynesian Revue is a special treat! Free admission
There will be a fee for parking in the west side parking lots just west of Ski Beach near the Paradise Point Resort. The cost for parking in these lots will be approx. $10-up per vehicle. No in and out privileges will be allowed.

ROHNERT PARK: Annual Pacific Islanders Festival August 24, 2019, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rohnert Park City Center Plaza
475 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA
Free admission |
Authentic Polynesian cuisine, special food items from all over the South Pacific, amazing entertainment, fabulous music and cultural activities. Lots of vendors offering Polynesian artifact merchandise, clothing, etc Hosted by Rohnert Park Youth Football and Cheer Organization.

ELK GROVE: Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa August  24, 2019 People of the Pacific Festival yearly festival.
Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center
8350 Lotz Parkway
Elk Grove, CA
Pacific Islander groups from all over California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Tahiti. There will be traditional food, arts and crafts, games, vendors, entertainment, Tahitian dance competition and a Maeva Goo scholarship award.

LONG BEACH: Weekend in Polynesia CANCELED IN 2019
August 25-26, 2018, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Long Beach Recreation Park
4900 E. 7th St.
Long Beach, CA
 ITO Prime Competition August 25, 2018
ITO Elite Competition August 26, 2018
Sponsored by Pacific Island Academy of the Arts. For 10 years the Fire Knife of Samoa hosted Fire Knife Dance Competition bringing the best of Fire Knife Dancers from around the world. Preserving the legacy of the late Paramount Chief Olo Misilagi Letuli, the Father of the Fire Knife Dance who so loved his Polynesian entertainment. Pacific Island Talent Contest and Tahitian Solo Competition as well as a concert on Friday evening, ban together to form a Weekend in Polynesia.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: September Canceled till 2019
 Pacific Islander Festival | likely dates September 15-16, 2018 but stay tuned!
Cost: Free.
Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cultural traditions, performances and arts of Pacific Island nations including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti (Polynesia), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guam, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands of Micronesia, and Fiji (Melanesia). Enjoy cultural demonstrations, live hands-on arts projects, coconut and pandanus plaiting (weaving), lei making, tapa making and design, drumming, traditional chants, music, story-telling, cultural artifact exhibits, traditional protocol and island ceremony, and authentic performances on center stage, all in the Island Villages atmosphere. Cuisine of the Pacific will be sold. On Sunday at 9: 30 a.m. a spiritual event convenes before the traditional program begins.

LONG BEACH: E Hula Mau  August 30-September 1, 2019
Long Beach, CA
E Hula Mau
Southern California's Annual Hula & Chant Competition
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Ticketed items include stage competitions inside the theater. Prices range from $22 for competition-UP
Come enjoy hula performances from our own mainland halaus, Ono local cuisine, workshops, Hawaiian music and entertainment on our plaza outdoor stage, and artisans from across the Pacific and mainland. Long Beach Terrace Theater - Long Beach, CA

VENTURA Aloha Beach Festival  No New Event until 2020
September 1-2, 2018
Aloha Beach Festival: 519 San Clemente St., Ventura, CA 93001

SACRAMENTO Aloha Festival October 5, 2019, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
$5, $10 parking,
Anticipate a large crowd this year please bring your own chairs. Educational Exhibits Workshops Speakers and Presentations Health and Community Awareness Exhibits Cultural Village Keiki Korner Arts & Crafts and Educational Information Merchandise and Food Vendors Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Entertainment

LONG BEACH: Tiki Beach Festival is Gone
 Admission is FREE - Food, Beverage and Merchandise for sale Tiki Torch Island Market Place & Cultural Center Traditional Arts & Crafts Including Tiki Carving Taste of Aloha Food Court - Various Foods of the Islands Renowned Masters of Island Music & Dance, Fire Knife Dance, Fire Walk and Island Music Kids' Zone and Play Areas Polynesian Village Carver's Canoe Rides & Other Activities Sunday Morning Hula Praise & Worship Service

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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