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Obon Festival

Santa Maria’s Obon Festival on July 22 offers a chance to immerse oneself in the delicate strength of all things Japanese, including cuisine, fine art, dancing and other traditions. Named for “Bon Odori,” which is a style of dancing, the Guadalupe Buddhist Church’s annual Obon Festival has traditionally been a time to honor loved ones who have passed away in the last year. Held at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Center (313 West Tunnell Street) from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., this free event will feature martial arts; taiko drumming; a bonsai demonstration, a children’s fun zone and crafts area; a chicken terriaki dinner and other traditional foods; and, of course, Bon Odori dancing.

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The Obon Festival an annual Buddhist event held to commemorate one’s ancestors. It is believed that each year during Obon, the ancestors’ spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives.

Please join us for this family fun day in Santa Maria, CA. This festival is open to everyone of all ages and will feature Bonsai and martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, with the highlight being the Obon dancing which all are welcome to participate in. Traditional Japanese food as well as some local favorites such as udon, sushi, teriyaki chicken dinner, kushiyaki, wontons, and strawberry shortcake will be available for your enjoyment. We even have a FREE fun interactive arts and crafts area for the kids, everything from Origami to face painting, along with handmade items for purchase. So come out to learn more the Japanese culture in the Santa Maria Valley. We look forward to seeing you there.

Veteran’s Memorial Community Center 313 West Tunnell St, Santa Maria, CA 93458
(FREE street parking)

For more information on the Obon Festival please visit: or call (805) 343-1053.

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