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Korean Arirang Festival (아리랑 축제)

The annual Korean-American Arirang festival (아리랑 축제) will be celebrated on Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 15, 2023 at Garden Grove Park. The festival features cultural experience packed with entertainment, carnival rides, K-Pop, over 70 specialty booths, a beer garden, and a food court area with 40 to 50 international food booths. Attendees can enjoy the festivities without worrying about parking fees or admission charges, as both are completely free.

Korean Arirang Festival

Building upon the success of last year’s 38th Arirang Festival, this year’s event will carry a similar theme. However, with a more spacious event venue there will be exciting additions that spotlight K-POP contests, multicultural traditions, and the inclusion of thrilling carnival rides. Event organizers are also coordinating with the local Vietnamese community to make the festival as wonderful as possible for everyone involved.

For over 30 years, the Korean Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, the non-profit Korean Festival Foundation of Orange County, and more recently the KFCOC, have hosted the Annual Arirang Festival, formerly known as the Korean Festival in Garden Grove. The festivals were previously held at the Brookhurst Triangle, and in most recent years in Buena Park and at the Garden Square parking lot on Garden Grove Boulevard. This year’s event at Garden Grove Park is about two miles away from the OC Korean Community Center with Little Saigon also nearby.

Korean Arirang Festival (아리랑 축제)

Where: Garden Grove Park
Address: 9301 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92844
Dates/Times: 
Thursday, October 12 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 13-15 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Activities

Thursday, October 12

  • Pre-Festival Opening Event

Friday, October 13

  • Market Place, Carnival Rides, Entertainment
  • Traditional Korean Dance & Song Contest
  • Korean Marshall Arts, Tae Kwon Do demonstration
  • VIP Reception
  • Festival Opening Ceremony
  • K-Pop Contest 1st round

Saturday, October 14

  • Market Place, Carnival Rides, Entertainment
  • Youth Speech & Writing Contest, Traditional Games and Competitions
  • Youth Talents Show
  • K-Pop Contest & Performances

Sunday, October 15

  • Market Place, Carnival Rides, Entertainment
  • Talent Contest – Senior Citizens
  • Samul Nori, traditional percussion quartet
  • K-Pop Contest
  • Ending Ceremony

Korean Arirang Festival Map

Korean Arirang Festival Map

More Southern California Korean Festivals

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival aka “K-Pomp”

Irvine Civic Center | 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
When: Annually in September

The Irvine Korean Cultural Festival (IKCF) fosters cultural awareness, and showcases traditional and modern Korean art, food, and cultural experiences, often referred to as K-Pomp. Attendees can explore vibrant exhibitions and enjoy developing a deeper connection between diverse communities.

Los Angeles Korean Festival

Seoul International Park (recreational area on San Marino St.)
3250 San Marino St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
When: Annually in September

The annual Los Angeles Korean Festival is a lively event with captivating performances, including K-pop groups and traditional Korean artists, while offering a delectable array of Korean delicacies from numerous food vendors. Attendees can explore traditional crafts and artwork, participate in cultural activities, and immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere. The festival serves as a platform for cultural exchange, fostering a sense of community and promoting cross-cultural understanding among both the Korean and larger Los Angeles communities. It is a truly immersive experience that highlights the captivating beauty and diverse traditions of Korean culture within the heart of the city. Admission is free for all four days.


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Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.