Obon Festival

Summer means the start of Obon season. Holding a special significance to the Japanese American community on many levels, the annual Obon festival honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is a way to show appreciation, remember, and say thank you to those who came before us.

 

Offering a variety of cultural exhibits, games, food and a traditional dance known as Bon Odori, the festival of Obon lasts for three days, with a start date varying by region of Japan. The Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated around July 15 and is based on the solar calendar. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) is celebrated around August 15 and is based on the lunar calendar and is the most commonly celebrated time. Lastly, Kyu Bon (Old Bon) is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

June 24

Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple – 71st Annual Japan Nite Obon Festival

286 S.E. 4th Street, Ontario, OR 97914

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June 24

West Covina Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

1203 Puente Avenue West Covina, CA 91790

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June 24-25

San Mateo Buddhist Temple – 66th Annual Bazaar

2 South Claremont Street San Mateo, CA 94401

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June 24-25

Buddhist Church of Lodi – Obon Bazaar

23 N. Stockton St. Lodi, CA 95240

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June 24-25

Buddhist Temple of Alameda – Bazaar

2325 Pacific Avenue Alameda, CA 94501

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June 24-25

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 94th Annual Obon Festival

12953 Brandford Street Arleta, CA 91331

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July 1-2

Walnut Grove 63rd Annual Bazaar

14105 Pine Street Walnut Grove, CA 95690

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July 1

Shenshin Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

1311 West 37th Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

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July 1

Reedley Buddhist Church – Reedley Obon Festival

2035 15th Street Reedley, CA 93654

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July 8

Fresno Buddhist Temple – 72nd Annual Obon Festival of Lanterns

2690 East Alluvial Avenue Fresno, CA 93720

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July 8

Ekoji Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

6500 Lake Haven Lane Fairfax Station, VA 22039

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July 8

Berkeley Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

1524 Oregon Street Berkeley, CA 94703

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July 8-9

Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church – 55th Annual Bazaar

32975 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, CA 94587

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July 8-9

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin – San Jose Obon Festival

640 North 5th Street San Jose, CA 95112

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July 8-9

Oxnard Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

250 South H Street Oxnard, CA 93030

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July 8-9

Salt Lake Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

211 West, 100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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July 8-9

Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles – Nishi Obon Festival

815 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

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July 9

Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple – 71st Annual Obon Festival

1155 Noche Buena Street Seaside, CA 93955

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July 15

Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara – Obon Festival

1015 East Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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July 15

Ogden Buddhist Church – Obon Festival

155 North Street Ogden, UT 84404

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July 15

Seabrook Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

9 Northville Road Seabrook, NJ 08302

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July 15

Marysville Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

125 B Street Marysville, CA 95901

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July 15-16

Spokane Buddhist Temple – Kangi-Light of Joy

927 South Perry St. Spokane, WA 99202

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July 15-16

Orange County Buddhist Church – Obon Festival

909 South Dale Avenue Anaheim, CA 92804

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July 15-16

Mountain View Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival and Bazaar

575 North Shoreline Boulevard Mountain View, CA 94043

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July 15-16

Seattle Betsuin – Obon Festival

1427 South Main Street Seattle, WA 98144

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July 16

Longmont Buddhist Temple – Longmont Obon

220 Hover Rd Longmont, CO 80501

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July 16

Buddhist Temple of Marin – Obon Service and Odori Celebration

390 Miller Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94960

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July 22

White River Buddhist Temple – Bon Odori

3625 Auburn Way North Auburn, WA 98951

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July 22-23

Pasadena Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

1993 Glen Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103

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July 23

Buddhist Church of San Francisco – 86th Bon Odori

1881 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94109

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July 23

New York Buddhist Church – Obon Dance Festival

Bryant Park New York, NY 10018

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July 29

Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple – Obon Odori

1947 Lawrence Street Denver, CO 80202

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July 29

Tacoma Buddhist Temple – Bon Odori

1717 South Fawcett Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402

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July 29

Cleveland Buddhist Temple – Cleveland Obon Festival

1573 East 214th Street Euclid, OH 44117

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July 29-30

West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple – 69th Annual Obon Festival

2003 Corinth AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90025

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August 5

Buddhist Temple of San Diego – Obon Festival

2215 Pan American Road E, San Diego, CA 92101

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August 5

Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha – 29th Annual Obon Festival

4291 Pennwood Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89102

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August 5

Buddhist Church of Stockton – Annual Bon Odori, Food and Cultural Bazaar

2820 Shimizu Drive Stockton, CA 95203

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August 5

San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

900 West Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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August 5

Oregon Buddhist Temple – Obonfest 2017

3720 Southeast 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97202

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August 5

Buddhist Church of Oakland – Obon Festival

825 Jackson Street Oakland, CA 94607

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August 5

Placer Buddhist Temple – Obon Odori

3192 Boyington Road Penryn, CA 95663

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August 6

Buddhist Church of Stockton – Cultural and Food Bazaar

2820 Shimizu Drive Stockton, CA 95203

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August 5-6

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple – Obon Festival

2751 Louis Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

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August 12-13

Buddhist Church of Sacramento – 71st Annual Cultural and Food Bazaar

2401 Riverside Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95818

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August 12-13

Gardena Buddhist Church – Obon Festival

1517 West 166th Street Gardena, CA 90247

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