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Nihonmachi Street Fair 2021

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 2, 2021

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The 47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair is on July 17 & 31 + August 7 & 8, 2021. The are extending it out to four days this year including their annual 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! 

Nihonmachi Street Fair

This year, they are scaling back and will offer performances just on their Peace Plaza Stage.

Live Entertainment

On their main stage, you will find entertainment from 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and from 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday. 

They will feature local entertainment with each performer on stage for about an hour. 

The final performance on Saturday starts at 4 pm. The final performance on Sunday starts at 5 pm.

Other Festival Details (Not Offered in 2021)

The following events usually take place during this annual festival. You will see which ones are happening this year and which ones will not. Even the ones they are having, they will be scaled back in 2021)

Children's World (Yes for 2021)

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.

Doggie World (No for 2021)

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's on the Sunday of the festival. 

Asian Artisans (Yes for 2021)

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.

Food Fest (Smaller Version in 2021)

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.

Info Booths (Saturday Only)

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.

Sounds of Thunder Car Show (Sunday Only)

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.

Co-Ed Basketball Tournament (No for 2021)

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 from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 1pm. For more information contact jill@nihonmachistreetfair.org.

More Japantown Information

How to Get Here

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. 

Places to Stay Nearby 

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.

Book Your Japantown Hotel: Head out to TripAdvisor to read recent guest reviews and find some great deals on your hotel in the Japantown District. Click here to learn more and to find a great place for your stay today

Other Events in August 

Stern Grove Festival: Every Sunday during the summer months, Stern Grove invites music lovers to their free concerts in the park. All shows are on Sunday afternoon, start at 2pm, and last from mid-June to mid-August. Click here for this year's detailed schedule.

Outside Lands Festival: One of the largest music festivals in SF each summer is the Outside Lands Festival. For three days, both locals and visitors enjoy live music in Golden Gate Park. It's a popular event that sells out every year. Click here for this year's line-up and ticketing details.

Theater Performances: The SF Theater calendar is full of award winning musicals, dramas, and more each month in SF. Click here for details and the full SF Theater schedule by month.

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