Koreans have been a part of Houston history for over half a century. In that time, the Korean community had long been quietly celebrating its heritage and tradition through various insular events, such as small-scale festivals and parades. However, there had yet to be a singular banner event for all of Houston to enjoy and to unite the entire Korean-American community.
In 2009, the enterprising young professionals of the Korean-American Society of Houston (KASH) organized the very first Korean Festival Houston at the Houston Community College - Spring Branch parking lot with the support of local community and business organizations. The success of that inaugural event was clear evidence of the significant demand for the Korean cultural experiences in Houston.
Bolstered by the enthusiastic support from the community, KASH made a bold decision in the very next year to move the Korean Festival to its current home at Discovery Green.
Following years of extraordinary growth, the Korean Festival Houston celebrates its ninth year. It now serves over 35,000 visitors during its single-day run and partners with dozens of both global and local sponsors to bring a truly exhilarating and spectacular experience to the heart of Houston.
To Raise Cultural Awareness by sharing the joys and delights of Korean culture with fellow Houstonians.
To Promote Community Growth by encouraging community involvement and fostering leadership development for the next generation of our youth.
To Bridge the Korean Community and the Houston Community at-large by collaborating with local businesses, community organizations, and individuals that plays an integral role in the Houston community.