Festival: Asian Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Why you should go:

Asian Fest is an interesting blend of the peaceful - traditional art displays, bonsai tree exhibits, calligraphy demonstrations - and the high-energy, with cultural dance and martial arts performances set to entertain audiences throughout the weekend. Oh, and there's some tasty chow, too.

What to eat & drink:

Local favorite Bayleaf India Bistro will serve up Indo-Chinese fusion fare (think Chinese favorites kicked up a notch with Indian spices) alongside traditional Indian dishes.

And if you're looking for something more adventurous, try some jackfruit from Indonesian spot Taste of Bali. It's a veggie that tastes like meat. No kidding.

Entertainment: Local pop singer YoYo Ren should be a highlight, as will the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, who'll play both ancient and modern pieces.

Don't Miss:

The high-flying Takraw competitions in the Asian Games area. It's like volleyball, but players are only allowed to use their feet, knees, chest and head to hit the ball. So a "spike" is performed with a flipping bicycle kick. Awesome.

What you need to know:

When: Friday-Sunday, May 29-30

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory, Near East Side

Cost: Free

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Parking: Free parking with shuttle transport at nearby lots and businesses

Web: asian-festival.org