Upcoming AARC Events

CelebrASIA Austin   •  Saturday 5/18    • 11AM - 3PM
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The City of Austin's Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is hosting its annual CelebrASIA Austin event, featuring performances, art, culture, food, and more! This free, family-friendly festival will take place during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 11am to 3pm.

The main stage will be indoors in the AARC ballroom, with special performances from a wide range of groups. Doors open at 11am and performances will begin at 11:20. Please note that the schedule is subject to last minute changes.  

  • 11:20am Austin Uri Karak Dance Group 
  • 11:30am Xiquan Wang 
  • 11:40am Saloni Dance Group 
  • 11:50am Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors 
  • 12:00pm Aiping Tai Chi Center - Austin 
  • 12:10pm Austin Moonflower Performing Arts Group 
  • 12:20pm Korean American Association of Greater Austin 
  • 12:30pm QiLi Dance 
  • 12:40pm Senior Bollywood 
  • 12:50pm Austin Matu Hula 
  • 1:00pm Heavenly Dragon Lion Dance Association 
  • 1:20pm Odissi Dance Company 
  • 1:30pm G-Force 
  • 1:40pm Austin Folk Dance & Music Group  
  • 2:00pm Nana Dance (Nana Ballet Studio) 
  • 2:10pm KhushATX: Austin's South Asian Queer LGBTQ+ Social Group 
  • 2:20pm Austin Kyudo  

The AARC’s classrooms will be transformed into cultural experience rooms, where you can immerse in hands-on cultural experiences. This year’s cultural experience rooms will be curated by the following groups:

  • Austin Hong Kongers - The Hong Kong XR Museum will use AR technology to create a visually engaging environment that brings to life the traditions and heritage of Hong Kong.
  • Indonesian Diaspora Network of Greater Austin - Learn more about the Kebaya, traditionally worn by Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese women and now considered a national costume in Indonesia.
  • Natayla School of Dance - Join in and learn more about Bharathanaytam, a type of South Asian classical dance that uses a combination of intricate movements to tell stories.
  • Austin Japanese Minyo Group - Experience Japanese culture and heritage, and learn more about the traditions of origami, kimono, anime, matcha, and more.
  • AARC’s Teen Mentorship Program - This year, the AARC brought together teens and mentors from across Austin for the first time. Drop by to hear more from program participants and check out their capstone project!

Food will be available from local vendors, including All Asian Concessions, Bake 'n Bite ATX, Lotus Creamery, Mama Kong Cambodian, Sharetea, Tsaocaa Austin, and WEH? Asian Fusion. 

There will also be other tables and activities provided by community organizations:  

  • Asian Family Support Services of Austin
  • Austin Community College  
  • Austin History Center
  • Austin Public Library
  • Carver Museum
  • City of Austin Equity Based Preservation Plan
  • Dougherty Arts Center
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Indie Meme
  • Jieun Beth Kim
  • Network of Asian American Organizations
  • We All Belong

This is an indoor-outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. The AARC parking lot will only be available for ADA parking.

UPDATE: There will not be shuttles available from the other parking lots, but there will be a drop off area at the North entrance to the AARC parking lot. The 1520 Rutherford Lane lot is closest to the center and approximately a 5 minute walk away. Additional parking will also be available at 8700 and 8900 Cameron Road (Austin Transportation Dept).

If you need more information, email us at aarc@austintexas.gov.

Unbuild Walls: Book Talk by Silky Shah  •  Tuesday 5/21    • 6PM - 8PM

Join the Asian American Resource Center for an author talk with Silky Shah to discuss her upcoming book, Unbuild Walls. Drawing from over twenty years of activism on local and national levels, this striking book offers an organizer’s perspective on the intersections of immigrant rights, racial justice, and prison abolition. Free and open to all to attend.  Snacks and Beverages provided! RSVP to stay up to date on the event.

Hyphenated Book Club   •  Year Round   • 6PM - 7:30PM

The Hyphenated Book Club is back for a new year! Join fellow book lovers in the community to dive into works by Asian American authors. From new releases by emerging voices to beloved community favorites, fiction to non-fiction and everything in-between, explore the diversity of American literature from an Asian American lens.  All meet ups are free and open to the public to attend. All sessions are hosted in person at the AARC. See below for Hyphenated's reading list and meet up dates.  Learn more and RSVP at  www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com. 

  • April 9 – 6PM-7:30PM -  Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi  
  • June 4 – 6PM-7:30PM -   They Called Us Exceptional and Other Lies that Raised Us by Prachi Gupta
  • July 30 – 6PM-7:30PM -  Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
  • September 24– 6PM-7:30PM – Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir by Lamya H.  
  • November 19  6PM-7:30PM – All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir  
AARC Community & In House Exhibits  •  ONGOING • FREE

The AARC’s Community Art Exhibit Program displays artworks year round that celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage, history, identity and creativity of Asian American Pacific Islanders. Exhibits are displayed on a quarterly schedule. Learn more by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/asian-american-resource-center-exhibits

Ongoing Senior Programs

AARC staff is excited to start offering limited wellness classes at the facility and continue virtual classes starting August 30th. To register, email us at AARC@austintexas.gov or contact us at 512-974-1700 for more information. Learn more about the current class schedule, how to register, and modified operational guidelines by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/aarc-senior-programming

Current programming includes:

  • Tai Chi with Mr. Huang 
  • Gentle Chair Yoga with Patti
  • Ping Pong 
  • Senior Garden Group 
  • Tai Chi with Vince Cobalis or Gongxian 
  • Movement and Meditation
ACC - ESL Classes • Tuesdays and Thursdays • 6PM - 9PM

ACC's free ESL courses help non-native speakers learn basic English for college or the workplace, or simply to become more comfortable with everyday communication. Check the ESL Class Schedule to view a variety of days and times.

Current Contract Instructor Programs




The AARC is a public facility with free community rooms available for non-commercial usage and also includes rental spaces including the AARC Ballroom, Classrooms, Conference Room and Foyer available for public and private functions. The AARC is not responsible for the community rental and reservation events listed here.

The Calendar of Events provides a listing of events scheduled at the AARC. Only AARC sponsored events, confirmed rental events and public reservations are listed on the event calendar. Every attempt is made to provide accurate listings, but we cannot guarantee accuracy, service or quality of the listings presented due to unforeseen changes.  While we strive to be up to date, the information provided may not always be the most recent information. To confirm availability of space for a rental booking, please contact AARC Rentals at AARCrentals@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-1698.

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