May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Recognized in some form since at least 1979, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, also often called Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrates the rich cultures, histories, and achievements of the many diverse and distinct Asian and Pacific Islander communities within the United States.

Concentric circles in varying shades of blue outline the following text "ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH".

UHD employees have front-row seats to many of Houston’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebrations, including art exhibits, musical performances, museum events, restaurant weeks, and more! Check out some of the events happening near Downtown Houston:

  • “Majority Rule”, a free art exhibit at Sanman Studios (located a short walk from the Marilyn Davies College of Business) that features works of South Texas & South Asian artists, through May 21
  • Free events at Avenida Houston (between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park) on the first three Saturdays in May, including:
    • May 6: a performance by Malia’s Hula Hut
    • May 13: a performance by Maxim Band, a performance by Wat Buddhavas Temple, and an art exhibition
    • May 20: Karaoke Night
  • Events sponsored by the Asia Society of Texas (Museum District) throughout May and beyond, including:
    • Free gallery admission to their exhibitions on view for the entire month of May
    • Free virtual events throughout the month of May
    • In-person concerts and movies sponsored by the Asia Society
    • Conversations with local, national, and international artists
    • At-home crafts for children
  • AAPI restaurant weeks (celebrated throughout Houston)

Please note that event details are subject to change at any time. Please visit each organization’s webpage to verify the details of any event(s) you are interested in attending.

You can also learn more about the immeasurable impacts of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders by visiting asianpacificheritage.gov to explore:

We hope you have a chance to attend many of these events and explore these resources, and we encourage you to share any events and/or resources that you think we should include in this list. We welcome you to email ESO with any suggestions you would like to share. Happy celebrating, Gators!