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Honolulu Festival begins this weekend. We're giving away tix to its food-filled Friendship Gala!

Honolulu_Festival_this_weekend_free_ticketsIf you’re in Honolulu this weekend, the music, art, dance, food and culture of Hawaii and its Pacific Rim neighbors—not to mention one large fire-breathing dragon—are coming to you. You could also win a pair of tickets from HAWAII Magazine to a gala food event featuring cuisine from a dozen of Oahu's best restaurants.

The Honolulu Festival, one of Hawaii’s largest annual multicultural events, happens on March 13 and 14. For visitors and residents, the fest offers an excellent means of experiencing the diversity of Asia and Pacific cultures. In town specifically for Honolulu Festival events are more than 4,700 musicians, dancers and artisans from Japan, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, Canada, Australia, Alaska and throughout Hawaii.

Check out the fest’s weekend event schedule and you’ll find music and dance performances, craft fairs and workshops at four venues, all situated near Waikiki: the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Honolulu Festival exhibits and performances run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., March 13, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., March 14, at each of the four venues.

Honolulu_Festival_this_weekend_free_ticketsWrapping it all up on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. is the fest’s marquee event, the Honolulu Festival Grand Parade. The annual march down Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue will feature floats, entertainment by much of the fest’s musicians and performers, and the ever-popular Daijayama—a 33-foot-long smoke-and-fire breathing dragon from Kyushu, Japan, manipulated by more than 200 handlers (pictured, left).

The best part of Honolulu Festival events? They’re all free and open to the public.

The only Honolulu Festival event that isn’t free is its annual Friendship Gala on Sat., March 13, at the Hawaii Convention Center. It's an evening of Hawaii foodie nirvana, featuring cuisine from a dozen of Oahu’s most well known restaurants. Among the eateries dishing up cuisine at the gala: Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Nobu Waikiki, The Original Roy’s Hawaii Kai, the Beachhouse at Westin Moana and 3660 on the Rise. Musicians and dancers in town for the festival’s daytime events will be in house for the gala’s entertainment.

It’s also a great night for a good cause. The evening is a fundraiser for the Honolulu Festival Foundation’s school-based cultural and educational programs. Tickets for the gala are $85 each. The gala begins at 7 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center’s Kamehameha Exhibit Hall I. More information on purchasing tickets is here.

Before you purchase, however, you might want to consider winning some Friendship Gala tickets.

HAWAII Magazine and the Honolulu Festival Foundation are giving away a free pair of Friendship Gala tickets to one lucky HawaiiMagazine.com reader!

Hungry to get in the gala for free? There are two ways to enter to win the tickets; both painless:

Honolulu_Festival_this_weekend_free_ticketsGo to our HAWAII Magazine Facebook fan page and enter the words “I want to win!” in the comment box for this story. (You'll find the story at the top of our Facebook fan page.)

OR ...

On Twitter, tweet the words "I want to win!" to @hawaiimagazine.

We’ll pick one winner at random from all entries submitted to our Facebook and Twitter pages. All entries must be submitted by 12 Noon (Hawaii Standard Time) on Fri., March 12. We’ll pick a winner immediately after the contest closes and notify them.

The contest is open to all Hawaii visitors and residents who will be on Oahu on March 13, and able to attend the Friendship Gala. Please do not enter if you will not be on Oahu on March 13! The winner’s tickets will be available for pick-up under the winner’s name at the Friendship Gala’s will-call table on March 13.

Good luck to everyone entering!

For more information on the Honolulu Festival and its event schedule, click here. You can also become a Facebook fan of the Honolulu Festival here, or follow the Honolulu Festival on Twitter here.

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