The Annual Obon Festival

The Guadalupe Buddhist Church Annual Obon Festival

Highlights from the 2018 Obon Festival

2019 Obon Festival Highlights – Photos, online articles and news coverage

The Obon Festival is an annual Buddhist observance held to honor one’s ancestors. During Obon we share our gratitude and show our appreciation to our  ancestors for their dedication in guiding our lives in harmony and peace. We dance in their honor and “let go” of our egos It is a time to be our true self, which is foolish and imperfect.

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 where all are welcome to participate. Traditional Japanese food, as well as some local favorites, will be available for your enjoyment such as udon, sushi, teriyaki chicken dinner, kushiyaki, wontons, and strawberry shortcake. We even have a 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, creating signs and so much more! It’s a great way to give back, make new friends and learn more about the Santa Maria area Japanese American community and the Guadalupe Buddhist Church. Start by clicking on the Contact Us link above and sending us an email!

WHEN

See you in 2020 – Dates will be announced very soon

EVENT TIME

11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

TICKETS

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!

WHERE:

Veteran’s Memorial Community Center 313 West Tunnell St,

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(FREE street parking)