The J-Pop Summit 2016 celebrates the Japanese culture and includes both traditional and modern elements. This three-day festival is July 22 - 24, 2016. This is the eighth year for J-Pop Summit and this year the festival will be at the Fort Mason Center, the Regency Ballroom, and NEW PEOPLE Cinema.
The event will be similar to last year and will include many of the elements you love as well as several fun, new activities.
The festival offers food, film, and appearances by special guests. Most events are on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 8pm.
During this event, you will also find J-Pop Idol, autograph signings with Japanese celebrities, and a Food & Sake Summit.
This year's event requires tickets to all of its activities. All of this year's events are at the Fort Mason Center between the Marina and Fisherman's Wharf except the opening night at the Regency Ballroom. The Japan Film Festival is also at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema.
This year's opening night event is on Friday, July 22. This event will be held at the Regency Ballroom.
This exciting event will feature Japan’s pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.
The J-Pop Summit will feature a tech-focused event in the Interactive Showcase inside Festival Pavilion. This special area includes a variety of cutting edge technology products out of Japan. You can walk around to learn more about the latest hardware, software, digital arts, and more.
You can also stop by Ideathon, panel discussions, and the start-up pitch contest at Gallery 308.
The Interactive Summit is open both Saturday and Sunday.
This year's Food and Sake Summit will take place at the Fort Mason Center. It's the perfect chance to sample sake and Japanese cusines from top local food trucks and chefs.
Sign up to sing your heart out in Japanese. This contest will take place at the Fort Mason Center and you must register in advance in order to participate.
In addition to J-Pop Idol, this event will feature live music throughout the venue all weekend long.
In addition to this three-day event, there is also a ten day film festival. It includes movies all about Japan and the Japanese culture. It starts the same weekend as the J-Pop Festival. All films show at the New People Cinema in Japantown.
You will also get the chance to see the latest fashions from Tokyo. It will include many top brands and will include some audience participation. The fashion show will be in the main stage during the J-Pop Summit.
This year, you can enjoy discussions and autograph sessions by the Japanese top creator Wakamatsu Kaori.
Purchase handmade gifts, accessory, and jewely inspired by Japanese fashion. The arts and crafts section will feature hundreds of unique pieces all weekend long.
You will find a variety of ticket options for this year's event. You can buy two-day tickets, which gives you full access both days. You can also buy just for one day. For certain activities, you can also just buy a ticket for that activity. VIP tickets are also available which feature additional benefits.
I recommend buying your tickets in advance. Head to the J-Pop Summit website for ticketing details.
If you are spending your entire weekend at the J-Pop Summit 2016, then I recommend finding a hotel nearby. The closest district is the Fisherman's Wharf area. You can find plenty of options there. Click here for my recommendations.
It's also easy to get to the Fort Mason Center from Union Square. This is where you will find the largest concentraion and variety of hotels. Click here for my recommendations.
You can also stay in Japantown. Here are some of the best options there:
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There are many buses that drop off within a few blocks of the J-Pop Summit. Your best options are 22 & the 43. Both drop you within a few blocks of the Fort Mason Center.
You can also take the Hyde/Powell line to the western side of Fisherman's Wharf and then walk over to the festival. It's about six blocks, but there is a hill you must walk up and over. You can also take the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf and then cab over from there.
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Wine Tasting Events: If you love sampling wine, then you must attend one of SF's famous wine tasting events. Most months, you will find one that offers a variety of samples from around the world. The largest is the Chronicle Wine Tasting event in February. You can also sample Pinot Noir Wine at Pinot Days and take home some treasures from the Rhone Ranger Wine Tasting in the spring. Click here for a full schedule this year.