Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 18, 2019

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Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Obon Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August.  Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food. The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and often small paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to guide ancestor’s spirits. The Obon Festival also features the Bon Odori, or folk dance, in which all are invited to join in the circle and dance.

A collaborative effort between JASM, Como Park, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), the Obon festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange. By creating a fun event for all ages, we hope to share the experience with people who fondly remember festivals in Japan, and those who wish to experience one for the first time.

Information About the Obon Tradition


3:00 – Dusk

Sunday 18th, 2019


Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103


Adult (age 13 and older): $5.00

Child (age 3 to 12): $3.00

Senior (age 65 and over): $3.00

Under the age of 3: Free


For more information, you can go to the Como Parks website here. Please click on the Japanese Obon Festival Tab when you go to their page.