Philadelphia Obon Festival

Obon is a Japanese celebration of one’s ancestors. Each August, people return to their hometowns to remember the dead and reunite with loved ones. Obon is celebrated with festivities, especially dances called bon odori. These bon odori vary from place to place giving each Obon celebration a distinctive flavor.

On August 18, Shofuso will host Philadelphia’s 6th Annual Obon celebration. The festivities will include the eponymous dances led by dancers from the IchiFuji-kai Dance Association, taiko drumming by Kyo Daiko, tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia, traditional games, arts & crafts, as well as food trucks and a flea market and gift shop with vendors selling traditional goods. Join us for a day of celebration outside the gates of Shofuso. All events are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 19.

Schedule of Events:
11:00 AM – Flea market opens, activities begin
11:30 AM – Opening ceremony
12:00 PM – Kyo Daiko drumming
1:00 PM – Bon dance
1:30 PM – Kyo Daiko drumming
2:30 PM – Bon dance
3:10 PM – Watermelon breaking
3:30 PM – Kyo Daiko drumming
4:15 PM – Bon dance
4:45 PM – Closing ceremonies

Food Vendors:
Poi Dog Snack Shop
Dre’s Water Ice & Ice Cream
The Tot Cart

Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-878-5097

  • August 18, 2018
  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm