The Annual Obon Festival

The Guadalupe Buddhist Church Annual Obon Festival
will be held on Sunday July 28, 2024, 12-6pm
2024 Location: Santa Maria Veterans Memorial Building
13 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

The Guadalupe Buddhist Church invites you to join us at our annual Obon Festival!  Obon Festivals are held around the world in honor of ancestors who have shared their compassion and wisdom with us, therefore contributing much to our lives.  Our GBC festival has been held annually before and since the Japanese-American community returned to this area after World War II, with the 2 year exception of the Covid-19 pandemic years, and it is a favorite local event.

Dance practices
If you would like to learn the Obon dances beforehand, and have a whole lot of fun,
we invite you to participate in our Bon Odori Dance practices!

Top 10 Prizes are Cash & Many more prizes

1,500.00 Keith Lyon, Lompoc
500.00 Doreen Simmons
300.00 Loren Henmi
100.00 Michael Furukawa, Santa Maria
100.00 Masako Nakano, Guadalupe
100.00 Teddy Waki, Santa Maria
100.00 Rob Himoto
100.00 Donna Mehlschau Santa Maria
100.00 Lee Ann Nakagawa
100.00 Megan Chand


or call: (805) 343-1053

Additional raffle, food and goods available for purchase on site

at the Veterans’ Memorial Center

This is a fun, family friendly event and we hope to see you all there!
FREE street parking and FREE admission!

ENJOY this VIDEO of a past celebration

Highlights from the 2022 Obon Festival

Obon Festival Highlights – Photos, online articles and news coverage


Veterans’ Memorial Center
313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

(FREE street parking)

Admission is FREE