The 47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair is on August 5 & 6, 2023. This 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!
The event runs from 11 am to 6 pm both days.
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All performances will be on their man stage at Post Street between Webster and Laguna. 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.
The following events usually take place during this annual festival.
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.
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 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 on Sunday only.
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 Emblem (3 star) and the Hotel Kabuki (3.5 star). Both start at around $250 to $300 a night this time of year.
Hotel Emblem San Francisco, a Viceroy Urban Retreat:
Hotel Kabuki, part of JdV by Hyatt:
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.
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