Festivals in Hayward and San Leandro this weekend celebrate Asian-American heritage and the area's agricultural past.
The 21st Asian American Heritage Festival takes place Saturday in Hayward. San Leandro's Cherry Festival, begun in 1909, returns, also on Saturday, after being suspended in 2010 because of budget cuts.
The Cherry Festival will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. on San Leandro Boulevard from Marina Boulevard to Estudillo Avenue. San Leandro at one time had large cherry orchards, earning the nickname "Cherry City."
The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on West Estudillo Avenue and Hays, Clarke and Carpenter streets. It will include food, rides, games, face-painting, a cherry pie bake-off, and arts and crafts booths. Many of the food booths will serve cherry dishes.
Entertainment will take place on two stages, with Tony Toni Tone as the headliner.
New this year will be Make San Leandro, which celebrates the maker movement. More than 30 exhibitors will set up in the St. Leander Catholic Church parking lot on the Carpenter Street side. Some of the booths will have 3-D printers, puppet making, robotics, paper making, an art wall to paint on, paper air rockets and science fair winners.
The Asian American Heritage Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in front of Hayward City Hall, Watkins and B streets near the weekly farmers market. It will have taiko drummers, cultural dances, entertainment, Asian food, vendors and a logo contest.
The heritage festival moved to Hayward last year. It previously was held in Union City for the past few years. The festival is hosted by the Asian American Federation of California and the city of Hayward.
Both festivals are free.
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