The Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival (aka Cal Expo Lao New Year) can also be considered as the Southeast Asian Water Festival, a celebration shared by Asian communities from the Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Laos. The event is one of California's largest community celebration featuring a Spicy Papaya Salad Eating Contest, Miss Sabaidee Pbeemai Pageant, Music Concert & Lumvong, Sports Competitions, Cultural Performances, Ceremonial Parade, Water Festivities, and of course all the exceptionally delicious Lao Food!!!
The event is coordinated and hosted by LAAO, Lao American Advancement Organization with a collaborative support from Wat Phosiesattanak, Wat Lao Saophuth, and many local community establishments and entities.
A fundraiser banquet to recognize and award winners of the LAAO Scholarship. It is also a night to recap events and activities throughout the year. A Lao culture night to celebrate with Sponsors, Volunteers, Staff, and Community. The Lao Fashion Show is one of the many highlights of this annual banquet!