Bon Odori Festival

2020 Seattle Bon Odori Festival

88th Bon Odori in Seattle

Food, cultural displays, dancing, beer garden, and live music.

Saturday, July 18th from 4:00 – 10:00pm

Sunday, July 19th from 3:00 – 8:00pm

Saturday Schedule:

Festival Opens 4:00pm

Dancing Begins 5:00pm

Budokan Judo demonstration 5:30pm

Buddhism 101 in the Temple Hondo 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm

Matsuri Taiko Performance 6:30pm

Two Story Zori starts playing in the beer garden 7:00pm

Sunday Schedule:

Buddhism 101 in the Temple Hondo 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm

Seattle Kendo Kai demonstration on the gym stage 4:00pm

Dancing Begins 5:00pm

Obon Service 4:30pm

Two Story Zori starts playing in the beer garden 5:00pm

Matsuri Taiko Performance 6:15pm

There is also Happy Hour in the beer garden during the first and last hour of each day!


Two Story Zori will be performing in the beer garden both nights!

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Seattle Bon Odori is a Seafair sanctioned event

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
1427 S. Main, Seattle (map)

Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today.

Also known as Obon, the festival is an official Seafair event held at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. The main event is traditional music and dancing in the street in a giant oval. Many festival goers dress in Japanese kimono, yukata or happi coats. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.

NOTE:  For those who like to come early to save a spot on the grassy area next to the street, please wait until Friday at midnight to do this for the safety of the volunteers who are working in that area late that night.  If you come earlier, whatever you are using to mark your spot will be removed.