Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is FPAC?
The Festival of Philippine Arts of Culture (FPAC), is the largest program initiative of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS), a multi- award-winning, pacemaker, 501 (c)3, non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles.
Established in 1992, FPAC began as a single-day event at LA City College and over two unabated decades later, has grown to be the largest, annual Filipino American tradition in Southern California.
More than a quarter of a million people have attended FPAC.
FPAC is proudly For Community; By Community.
How much are tickets?
Thanks to our sponsors, donors and vendors, admission is totally
FREE – GRATIS - LIBRE – WALANG BAYAD.
This all sounds good. When does this take place?
FPAC 23 takes place
Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wait, did you say, “October?” I thought FPAC was traditionally in September.
Indeed, the festival traditionally took place the first weekend after Labor Day but, with the move to a new location, we also decided to move the date to October which happens to be
Filipino American History Month.
Okay, new location: Got it. Where exactly?
We are proud to mark our return to central Los Angeles by partnering with our friends at Grand Park, located between City Hall and the Music Center in Downtown LA.
The main pedestrian entrance is at 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.
Why Downtown LA? I like Point Fermin and the Pacific Ocean!
We do too. Which is why we made it our home for the past decade plus. However, as FPAC expanded, the limited parking got to be an issue. The move back to LA not only makes pragmatic sense in terms of a central location but, also logistically (public transportation. Increased parking, etc) and historically: Downtown, specifically, the Bunker Hill section on which the park stands, was home to Los Angeles’ original Filipino enclave from 1920s – 1970s even pre-dating the current Historic Filipinotown section West of Downtown.
What can I expect?
In the proud FPAC tradition, prepare to be immersed in a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary fully-curated halo-halo (mixed) program of performances on multiple stages; visual and performance artists; traditional arts and unique crafts; traditionally and contemporary food and drink. Over 100 performances on 8 stages/pavilions over the course of 2 days in 1 venue.
In short, it is Southern California’s largest annual Filipino Party and all are invited.
What should I bring?
Yourself, lots of friends, comfortable, casual clothing, sunblock and a nice, open attitude.
Also, there will be several food and vendor booths so bring cash.
How do I get there?
Red Line to Civic Center/Grand Park station (Directly under the park)
From South Bay:
405 N/S to 110 N to 9th/6th St exit.
From exit, follow signs to 4th St.; merge on to W. 4th St.
Left on Olive; Left on 2nd St.
From Burbank/Glendale/SF Valley:
5 S to Temple St. exit. Turn Left on W. Temple St.
Right on the third cross street to N. Grand Ave.; Left on 2nd.
5 N to 101 N; exit Grand Ave.
Keep right at the fork; Right onto N. Grand; Left on W. 2nd St.
From West Covina/Diamond Bar
10 W to 101 N; ext Grand Ave.
**Please note that Sunday is CicLAvia and certain streets will be closed to automobile traffic. We encourage those who can to ride their bicycles, skateboards, Big Wheels to the park.
I have to drive. Where Do I park?
All-day/extended parking is available at various lots throughout the Grand Park area.
We are partnering with ParkMe for an easy guide to the aforementioned lots:
Can I bring my four-legged friend?
Dogs are allowed on the park provided that they are fully leashed at all times per park policy.
What isn’t allowed?
NO glass containers
NO unauthorized vending of products
NO laser pointers
NO bad attitudes
Where can I get a schedule of events?
Programs will be available onsite and on our site: filamarts.org.
My niece and nephew are the cutest singers. Can I have them perform?
FPAC is curated throughout the year by a committee of peers and traditionally,
we receive more applicants than we have available slots. As a result, we cannot accommodate walk-up acts of any sort. However, we encourage all talented singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, martial artists etc. to apply for consideration next year through the website.
Adobo – wet or dry?
We like a variety and at FPAC, you can get both.
I have a unique product that I’d like to market to your highly attractive demographic. How can I do that?
Please drop us a line at the Info. Booth or visit us online for detailed vendor/sponsorship information.
I’m an independently-wealthy billionaire and I believe in your mission and want to sustain the tradition. How can I help?
FPAC is fully administered and produced by FilAm ARTS, a multi-award-winning 501 (c)3 Non-Profit community organization and subsists on public and private support. We welcome any and all contributions. And no, you don’t have to be a billionaire. Please visit the info booth for details or visit us online.
Will you be here next year?
Through your continued support, we hope to be here for the next 23 + years and beyond.