Nihonmachi Street Fair this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — The 48e The annual Nihonmachi Street Fair will be held Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in San Francisco Japantown.

Webster’s Post Street in Laguna will be closed and will feature AAPI Nonprofits, Asian Artisans, Sounds of Thunder Car Show (Sundays only), Art & Soul of Jtown and Children’s World.

The 10e Annual Doggie World is back, Saturdays only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The family-friendly, dog-friendly event includes Ask the Dogtor (with local vets), toss bags, fun furry games and pawsome prizes.

In support of Japantown restaurants, there will be no Food Fest this year.

Clear Channel’s Summer of Love outdoor stage schedule is as follows:

Saturday August 6

11 a.m.: Remembering Hiroshima/Nagasaki

11:30 a.m.: West Coast Lion Dance

12 p.m.: Tracy Cruz

1 p.m.: Love Struck Band

2 p.m.: Curt Yagi and the people behind me

3 p.m.: Indigenous elements

4 p.m.: GTC Band (Good Time Collective)

5 p.m.: Big City Review

Sunday August 7

12 p.m.: Threads of Paper

1 p.m.: Rebel

2 p.m.: The Mystifiers

3 p.m.: Dakila

4 p.m.: Harold Day and The Experience

5 p.m.: Groove Foundation – Yvette Salas

“This year, we are giving you more opportunities to come to Japantown, support our small businesses while enjoying the music and performances that have always made Nihonmachi Fair the must-attend event of the summer,” said said the organizers of the festival.

Nihonmachi Street Fair presented “Our Community, Our Pride,” featuring local cultural performances by Asian American Pacific Islanders, on July 18, and “Aloha by the Bay,” featuring local and Hawaiian artists, on July 30. July.

On Saturday, August 13, from noon to 6 p.m. at Peace Plaza, NSF will present “Kokoro Soul,” bringing together siblings J-Town and Western Addition/Fillmore for soulful performances.

Founded in 1973, Nihonmachi Street Fair was born out of an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities to J-Town youth and honor cultural heritage that at the time was in danger of being displaced. Since then, the annual event has grown from a four-stand affair to a two-day event that is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees.

What makes this street fair unique to San Francisco is the broader cultural context attendees can experience in addition to traditional Asia-Pacific influences. The organizers of the Nihonmachi Street Fair have a long history of including local entertainment that spans genres from taiko and hip-hop to salsa, rock and jazz.

The event is produced, hosted and organized by young volunteers, providing hands-on, hands-on experience in collaboration, entrepreneurship and problem-solving.

Nihonmachi Street Fair has a proud history of serving the community through the annual fair, youth service and mentorship.

For more information, visit

Happy Pop 2022

Bon Pop 2022 will be presented by Nihonmachi Street Fair and Japantown Cultural District at Peace Plaza, Post, and Buchanan streets on Saturday, August 6, 6-7:30 p.m.

You are invited to return to Japantown and join the community to honor and connect with your ancestors by dancing to taiko and Ensohza folk music.

Obon is a 500 year old ceremonial tradition. Residents across Japan return to their family homes to honor their ancestors during the Obon season. Originating from the Chinese Ghost Festival of a Buddhist and Taoist nature, the Japanese Obon Festival follows the idea that for three days in August, those in the realm of the living perform rituals to converge with and absolve the suffering of deceased ancestors. Family rituals may include visits to the local temple, cleaning of ancestral graves, lighting of fire and lanterns, and reunion with loved ones enjoying ceremonial foods and family traditions.

Although rituals may vary from region to region, most cities in Japan come together for an evening of dancing and reunion with loved ones by the light of festival lanterns, dancing to the sound of taiko and songs from the past, often dressed in festival clothes called yukata. .

Come dressed in traditional festival attire or a ‘remix’ of American and Japanese pop cultural influences as an expression of yourself. For more information visit:

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