The Annual Obon Festival

The Guadalupe Buddhist Church Annual Obon Festival

HIGHLIGHTS from the 2018 Obon Festival

CLICK HERE to read about the 2018 highlights

The Obon Festival an annual Buddhist event held to commemorate one’s ancestors. It is believed that each year during Obon, the ancestors’ spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives.

Please join us for this family fun day in Santa Maria, CA. This festival is open to everyone of all ages and will feature Bonsai and martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, with the highlight being the Obon dancing which all are welcome to participate in. Traditional Japanese food as well as some local favorites such as udon, sushi, teriyaki chicken dinner, kushiyaki, wontons, and strawberry shortcake will be available for your enjoyment. We even have a FREE fun interactive arts and crafts area for the kids, everything from Origami to face painting, along with handmade items for purchase. So come out to learn more the Japanese culture in the Santa Maria Valley. We look forward to seeing you there. To see more, click on any of the photos below.

Do you want to get more involved? In the days leading up to the festival, we work with volunteers from the community to help put this festival together. You can help cooking, making sushi, making signs and so much more. It’s a great way to give back, make new friends and learn more about the Santa Maria Japanese community and the Guadalupe Buddhist Church. Start by clicking on the Contact Us link above and sending us an email!


THANK YOU for attending. See you in 2019


11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE
$5.00 – Raffle tickets
$10.00 – 1/2 Teriyaki Chicken dinner with rice and edamame
Additional food and crafts available for purchase on site!

Veteran’s Memorial Community Center 313 West Tunnell St,
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(FREE street parking)