Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown

image of Nihonmachi Street Fair in JapantownIf you are looking for a great street fair infused with culture, next weekend the 2022 Nihonmachi Street Fair is happening in San Francisco’s Japantown. There will be performances, artisans, and lots of entertainment. You are encouraged to visit a local Japantown restaurant to enjoy a meal.

About the fair
Founded in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was hatched as an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of J-Town. And, to honor the cultural heritage that was, at the time, at risk of being displaced. Since then the annual event has grown from a four-booth affair to a two-day event.

This street fair is a uniquely San Francisco event because of the broader cultural context in addition to traditional Asian-Pacific influences. The Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers have a long history of including local entertainment that has spanned genres from Taiko to hip-hop to salsa, rock, and jazz.

Featuring local R&B, Jazz, Funk & Pop performances. Take a seat and take in the sounds of our communities.

Saturday, August 6
12 Noon: Tracy Cruz
1 PM: Love Struck Band
2 PM: Curt Yagi & The People Standing Behind Me
3 PM: Native Elements
5 PM: Big City Revue

Sunday, August 7
12 Noon: Pulse
1 PM: Rebel
2 PM: The Mystifiers
3 PM: Dakila
5 PM: Groove Foundation

Get more details on the lineup on this page.

J-town Community Dancing
Saturday, August 6th from 6 to 7 PM
In partnership with the Japantown Cultural District, there will be both traditional and modern obon style dancing on the Peace Plaza. Come dressed in your Japanese yukata and join in the community dancing!

The Art & Soul of J-Town
Art & Soul of J-town will be back this year to provide you an opportunity to create and see art unfold before your eyes. Partnering with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree, who is a renowned Origami artist. Fair attendees will have the opportunity to create origami that will be hung on the Ruth Asawa Origami Fountains. There will also be local AAPI artists creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

Asian Artists
During the Nihonmachi Street Fair Post Street becomes a gallery of talented Asian artisans. You can see how their culture is reflected in their art. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artist and find out what inspires them.

Other features are the Doggie World, Sounds of Thunder Car Show, Children’s World, and non-profit information booths.

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7
From 11 AM to 6 PM

Post Street between Webster and Laguna Streets in San Francisco’s Japan Town

You can find directions to get to the street fair here.

Visit the Nihonmachi Street Fair website for more information.

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