Aquarium of the Pacific Fall Festival to celebrate Asian art and culture

LONG BEACH — The Autumn Festival, now in its 21st will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach.

The fall festival will feature Japanese classical dance and other traditional performances. (Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific)

In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean autumn festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines during the Fall Festival, which will feature live music and dance, art exhibits cultural arts, craft demonstrations and storytelling.

The aquarium will present its Heritage Award to Nakamura Gankyō during this year’s Fall Festival. As a professional kabuki actor, Nakamura has performed at major kabuki theaters across Japan and at events in the United States and overseas. He has also worked in the television and film industry to raise awareness of kabuki dance.

Currently, Nakamura is an Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at George Mason University in Virginia. In addition to his academic endeavors, with his group Bandō Ryū: Kyō no Kai, he teaches classical Japanese dance throughout California, New York and Virginia.

He is the youngest chosen official representative of the Bandō School of Japanese Classical Dance (headquarters in Tokyo) in the United States. The public is invited to the awards ceremony, which will take place on November 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Included with general admission: $36.95 general (12 years and over), $26.95 per child (3 to 11 years old), $33.95 per senior (62 years and over) and free for aquarium members and children under 3 years of age. Advance reservations are required.

Info: (562) 590-3100 or visit

Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown in partnership with Wow! Productions.

The non-profit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and arts are celebrated and important challenges facing our planet are explored. The aquarium is dedicated to the conservation and construction of nature and nature’s services by building interactions between and among people. Home to over 12,000 animals, its exhibits include Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities, Pacific Visions, Shark Lagoon, and New Babies! exposure.

Beyond its animal exhibits, the aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including First Wednesdays with guest speakers. The aquarium offers memberships with unlimited free entry for 12 months and other special benefits. To make a donation to help support the aquarium, visit

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