When: Sat., May 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., May 17, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2015
The Himalayan Fair began in 1983 when Everest climber Arlene Blum and Tibetan Buddhist Monk Lama Kunga decided to host a picnic for Nepali and Tibetan friends living in the area. This year, the now extensive fair will take place at Live Oak Park (1300 Shattuck Ave.) on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will feature more than one hundred vendors — crafts, tarot card readings, massages, Ayurveda — and traditional Nepalese and Indian music and food. The performances will range from Chaksampa Tibetan Opera Company to Bhutanese youth traditional dance, each with its own set of vibrantly colored costumes. Although the fair is free, every year it raises money for charities in India and Nepal through admission donations and raffle ticket sales. This year, that fundraising is especially crucial, in the wake of the Ghorkha earthquake, which left hundreds of thousands of Nepalese citizens homeless in late April. All of the money raised this year will go toward relief in Nepal, prayers will be said throughout the day, and healing spaces will be set up for mourning those who were lost in the disaster. Raffle tickets only cost $5, but the lucky winner will get a round-trip ticket to New Delhi, India.