Maya Bazaar Festival bringing celebration of Indian heritage to San Ramon

Outdoor festival offers food, shopping and plenty of kids activities this Saturday

One of the Bay Area’s biggest Indian summer festivals is coming to Bishop Ranch in San Ramon on Saturday, and the whole community is invited to join the fun at the Maya Bazaar Festival.

A celebration of Indian heritage, the Maya Bazaar Festival is an outdoor Indian festival that features a large collection of vendor booths to shop at, carnival games, rides for kids of all ages, mascots, delicious food and cultural events showcasing dance and art forms from across India.

“The event has surprises in every corner with a sense of wonder, excitement and nostalgia,” San Ramon city officials said in a statement. “With over 10,000 attendees last year, Maya Bazaar is refreshingly endearing, visually stunning, totally engaging and hilariously entertaining with pure magic all around. We hope to see you there!”

Organized by the Association of Indo Americans, Bay Area Telugu Association and Bolly 92.3 FM, in partnership with the city of San Ramon, festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will include a large collection of booths that will feature clothing, jewelry, nonprofits, schools, education, spiritual and many other vendor booths to give attendees the authentic experience of attending a traditional Indian trade fair.

To complement the many shops, organizers say the bazaar will feature a food fair that will bring a taste of India to San Ramon, serving up a wide variety of dishes that include bhel puri, biryani, chaats, chai, dosa and kebabs.

Starting at 2 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to gain some mental and physical clarity from a free yoga session by yoga and meditation guru Srinivas Alluri. Alluri will offer sessions at the top of each hour until 6 p.m. that will offer opportunities to learn about yoga therapy for common ailments, busy people and for its own simple pleasure.

Kids will have plenty of opportunities to have fun at the bazaar, which will feature fun events such as the “Mission (Not) Impossible" treasure hunt, a special kids zone with plenty of games and rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting.

Plus, the bazaar will welcome a collection of interactive characters from India and the United States for attendees to meet and take photos with such as Captain America, Hello Kitty, Bal Ganesh, Sri Krishna, Hanuman, Spiderman and the festival’s own original characters Chhota Bheem and Chutki.

The bazaar will culminate with a special interactive parade where each character, and all of the attendees, are encouraged to join in.

The Maya Bazaar Festival is coming to San Ramon for one day only this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2700 Camino Ramon. General admission tickets are $5, but kids can enter for free.

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