July 21-22, 2018
86th Bon Odori in Seattle
Food, cultural displays, dancing, beer garden, live music.
Seafair sanctioned community event.
Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
1427 S. Main, Seattle (map)
Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today.
Also known as Obon, the festival is an official Seafair event held at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. The main event is traditional music and dancing in the street in a giant oval. Many festival goers dress in Japanese kimono, yukata or happi coats. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.
More about Bon Odori
- See a Q & A with Seattle Bon Odori festival organizer Ron Hamakawa from a 2009 article in MyNorthwest.com.
NOTE: For those who like to come early to save a spot on the grassy area next to the street, please wait until Friday midnight to do this for the safety of the volunteers who are working in that area late that night. If you come earlier, whatever you are using to mark your spot will be removed.