The 43nd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair is on August 6 and 7. You will find this two-day festival in the heart of San Francisco's Japantown District.
This well loved festival celebrates the diversity of the Asian-Pacific American cultures. Here you will find performances, art, music, food, and community outreach programs. It's one of the largest festivals each year with around 30,000 attendees!
Note: The information below is from the 2015 festival. Please stay tuned for updates on 2016!
All weekend long, there will be two stages of entertainment. You can also enjoy activities with your kids in Children's World, spoil your dog at Doggie World, and sample a variety of food in the Food Fest Area.
You can also check out the cars at the Sounds of Thunder Car Show or participate in the First Annual Co-Ed Basketball Tournament.
The first stage is the Webster Street Stage. Here you will find a variety of local musicians. They range from up and coming artists to those that are well known in the local community.
Here is the schedule for the Webster Street Stage:
The second stage is the Clear Channel Cultural Stage. This is where you will find dancers, musicians and more.
Here is the two day schedule for this stage.
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This area is the perfect place to introduce your children to the culture and heritage of the communities celebrated at this year's Nihonmachi Street Fair. They learn through participating in Asian inspired crafts and games.
San Francisco is a dog friendly city, so why not bring your four-legged friend along with you so they can also enjoy the Nihonmachi Street Fair! The best part is that there is a special area just for them.
In Doggie World, you can get pet health advice, learn more about adoption, and find some great apparel.
You can also enter your pooch in this year's Doggie Parade! It is on Sunday, August 2nd starting at 1pm at the Japantown Buchanan Mall.
One of my favorite parts of this festival is the Asian Artisans Area. This is where you will find hundreds of Asian inspired pieces from artists from all around the area.
You will find everything from photography to jewelry. You will also find some great kids toys as well as colorful traditional apparel.
This is another one of my favorite areas! The best part about this area, for me, is that you will find a variety of more traditional Asian cuisines as well as local favorites. Most years, you will also find a handful of SF's great food trucks.
This area includes information booths for both non-profit and for profit organizations. They range from donor programs to newspaper agencies. It's fun to stop by to ask questions and learn more about each organization.
If you love muscle or vintage cars, get ready for this year's Car Show. Based on last year's participation, they expect more than 20 cars again this year.
You can check out these cars both days from noon to 5pm.
For the first time, the Nihonmachi Street Fair features a Co-Ed Basketball Tournament. All games are at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
Games are on Saturday, August 1 from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, August 2 from 10am to 1pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's easy to get to Japantown from everywhere in SF and the Bay Area. The 2, 3, 21, 38, and 38L all drop off within a few blocks of the festival.
If you plan on attending both days, you can also stay in the neighborhood. Right in Japantown, you will find both the Hotel Tomo (3 star) and the Hotel Kabuki (3.5 star). Both start at around $250 to $300 a night this time of year.
Just two blocks away, you will also find the Queen Anne Hotel. This is my favorite of the three as its an historic hotel with a lot of character. The price is better too as it starts at around $200 a night this time of year.
However, you can really book a room anywhere in SF as this district is easy to get to from all around the city. The place I recommend you look first is on the "Special Deals" section on TripAdvisor. They have dozens of offers that allow you to save during your stay. Click here for the details on their site.
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