This is a weekend full of events in the neighborhood, as you can see in our Tender Calendar. On Saturday there are a few art shows, as well as two cultural festivals:

Filipino Book Festival

Happening all weekend long in the Civic Center Plaza and at the Public Library, this festival explores Filipino music, art and culture in addition to literature. Their program is full of literary events and performances, both for children and adults. And of course, there’s also lots of Filipino food lined up — free food tastings, food stands and culinary lectures by experts.

At 10:30am on Saturday local officials (including Mayor Ed Lee and Philippines Consul General) will kick off the festival at the Fulton Street outdoor stage. This will be followed by various musical and theater performances, a digital storytelling workshop, a traditional Filipino poetry debate, book signings and much more.

The Sunday program is packed with similar events, including dance performances, martial arts exhibitions and of course a lot of readings. There will even be additional activities taking place at the Asian Art Museum.

For more details, check the full program.

If you’re longing for some lumpia or longganisa though, make sure to also stop by for free food tastings, food booths and culinary lectures from the likes of chef and food columnist Claude Tayag and author Felice Santa Maria, to get a taste of traditional Filipino cuisine, which is known for its unique blend of sweet, sour and spice.

Arab Cultural Festival

Taking place in Union Square on Saturday afternoon, this is the 17th edition of a festival showcasing the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, culture and “the spirit” of Arabs, of Arab Americans and “of the Arab world”. Performers at this year’s festival will include: debkeh group Al Juthoor, Oudist Naser Musa and percussionist Faisal Zedan, contemporary vocalist Salma Habib, Nubian soul group Al-Sarah and the Nubatones (unplugged) and Syrian-American hip hop artist Omar Offendum.

The booth Bazaar will include: Arabic cuisine, jewelry, textiles and crafts from the Arab world, a children’s activity booth, informational booths from many Arab organizations, artwork and much more.