New American Festival

September 2019 | NYC

This fall, New American Economy (NAE) will launch the New American Festival, a celebration of diversity and immigrant contributions to culture, in the arts, food, film, comedy, fashion, and more. Immigrant artists will share special performances, immersive experiences, films, panels, and more. Enjoy food and drinks all day with the price of admission.

Tickets to individual events are available now. For access to every event on either or both days, all-access passes are available.



For the New American Festival, we have curated an exciting and diverse lineup of immigrant artists, comedians, authors, chefs, and more.

New York Times best-selling author, host, and executive producer Padma Lakshmi (Love, Loss and What We Ate, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, Top Chef) will give the keynote address. The festival will also feature conversations with sex therapist, radio and television show host, and author Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and award-winning host, comedian, writer, and producer Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King)

Other headliners include renowned chef, restaurateur, and author Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus B&P), Big Friendship co-author and Call Your Girlfriend podcaster Aminatou Sow, author Min Jin Lee (Pachinko, Free Food for Millionaires), and author, broadcaster and cook Yasmin Khan (Zaitoun, The Saffron Tales).

The festival will feature a panel discussion with Arturo Castro (whose sketch comedy series, Comedy Central’s Alternatino with Arturo Castro, premiered to acclaim on the network in June) and a stand-up hour featuring comedians, including Ronny Chieng (senior correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central’s Corporate, Netflix’s The Standups, Bojack Horseman).

BoJack Horseman writer, everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too author, and illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New York Times best-seller Gmorning, Gnight! Jonny Sun will bring an interactive multimedia piece to NeueHouse with collaborating artist Hannah Davis.

Our musical lineup features artists across genres, including Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B, and Japanese Breakfast, the indie-rock solo music project of Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner.

Also joining us at the festival will be America’s leading Latino dance organization Ballet Hispánico, author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper series, Bone Street Rumba series), comedian Vladimir Camaaño (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Marvel’s Runaways, Jimmy Kimmel Live), The Splendid Table podcast host Francis Lam, 2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year winner, Michael W. Twitty, and many other guests.


Festival Details

The festival will take place in New York City on September 14-15 at NeueHouse, a cultural and collaborative space for prominent creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs.

But we need to spread the messages of diversity and inclusion across the country. So throughout the fall, the festival will travel to cities across the country like Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Houston, and Oakland, among others, where this work is essential.

For further updates on the festival and events like it around the country, sign up for our Arts & Culture newsletter!


Festival Partners

We are so pleased to have the support of our incredible partners for the New American Festival. Our partners include Smorgasburg, Comedy Central, NeueHouse, ChowNow, For Freedoms, Emma’s Torch, Treble, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, and Books are Magic. Thank you so much for helping to amplify our work and create an unforgettable festival.

If you’re interested in partnering with us here in New York or by hosting an NAF event in your city, please contact us for details!


About New American Economy

New American Economy (NAE) is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans.

We make the economic case for immigration in four ways:

1. We use powerful research to demonstrate how immigration impacts our economy.

2. We organize champions at the grassroots and influencer levels to build support for immigration.

3. We partner with state and local leaders to advocate for policies that recognize the value immigrants add locally.

4. We show immigrant contributions to American culture through film, food, art, sports, comedy, and more.


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