2024 Seattle Bon Odori

Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21 from 2:00pm-8:00pm

Join us to celebrate the 92nd annual Seattle Bon Ododri! Seattle Bon Odori is an annual Seafair sanctioned community event, hosted by the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Read more about the history of the Buddhist holiday Obon by our head minister, Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki.

Food booths, Food Trucks and Beer Garden will open at 2:00pm both days. Two Story Zori will be live in the Beer Garden on Saturday from 6:00 – 9:00pm and Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00pm. A full event schedule will be posted here shortly. Check out our Facebook for more updates!

Two Story Zori in the Beer Garden both evenings!

Event Schedule

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21

2024 Seattle Bon Odori – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, we will have limited parking in the upper grassy field of Wisteria View Park, directly across from the Temple for $25. Handicap access spaces are available in the paved section of the parking lot. Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple on the corner of S. Washington and 16th South will also have parking. Parking is limited, so we encourage taking public transportation/carpooling! 

Seattle Street Car: First Hill Line stops at 14th and Washington. King County Metro: See the trip panner website,  King County Trip Planning  

Most of our Temple buildings remain closed for cleaning and repair. During the initial and secondary fire, significant smoke and water damage was incurred. We will not have any access to our Hondo (sanctuary) and gym. 

We will hold a short Bon Odori service at the stairs to the main portion of the Temple at 3:45 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Two activities usually found in the gym, may be found in Wisteria View Park, these are the Japanese game of “Go”, hosted by the Seattle Go Center and personalize a small paper cut-out chochin (lantern) in memory of a special loved one. 

While this year may look different than previous years due to the arson, we felt it was important to honor and celebrate Obon season together with our community in-person.

The Temple will offer a limited menu of teriyaki hamburgers, hot dogs, gyoza, roasted corn and kori. We are also working to supplement your hunger needs with local Food Trucks. Of course, we will have the Beer Garden open in the back of the Temple with Kirin draft beer, Washington wine, sake, plum wine and seltzers.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer dance practices this year. You may practice in advance by watching previously recorded tutorials on our YouTube channel, Seattle Bon Odori 

Similar to 2023 Bon Odori, we will be a cashless event. We will accept Credit Card, including tap to pay, Google and Apple Pay. 

Seattle Bon Odori is free and all are invited to attend!

Food, beverages, and a Beer Garden will have items available for purchase (credit card only).


Yes, the event schedule will be published here as soon as it is available!

Please contact us at BonOdori@SeattleBetsuin.org for details.