Once a year the Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois hosts a Japanese Summer Festival with a heavy focus on traditional culture. With suits of samurai armor to try on, hand on origami work shops for kids, taiko, and even obon odori this event is an amazing sampler! Admission is generally under $10, and free to members of the gardens.
” As the sun sets and the lights come on, Cleveland’s Old Chinatown comes to life as a vibrant and bustling Pan-Asian- fusion street market. Join us for one of Cleveland’s most unique experiences and discover what makes Night Market Cleveland and Asiatown one of Cleveland’s must-see destinations! “
One of the larger festivals focused on Asian culture has returned to the Cleveland Night scene! This unique festival draws attention to Cleveland’s Chinatown as a diverse showcase of local Asian-American owned businesses! In 2017 this event attracted well over 60,000 people which caused it to outgrow it’s venue, and the festival to be put on delay as plans were developed and a new venue located to handle the bustling crowds. The festival is back for the 2019 season and has 4 dates you can attend!
2136 Rockwell Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
The event takes place on Rockwell Ave, between 21st and 24th Street
June 21st, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th 2019
“The beauty of events like Night Market Cleveland are twofold. Not only do you get to experience a neighborhood that might not be your regular hangout spot, but you also get to sample food and visit boutique vendors that you might never have known existed. The exposure to the different cultures and culinary delights that our city has to offer is invaluable. Plus, events like this remind us that we are part of a larger community; a community that loves the city of Cleveland and wants to do all it can to promote what the city has to offer, with an ethnic twist.”
Celebrate Tanabata – the Star Festival – and the Japan-America relationship in Central Ohio at Coffman Park in Dublin on Sunday, July 7!
The traditional Japanese festival Tanabata takes place on the seventh month of the seventh day, believed to be the only day when the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet. We’ll be holding a special celebration on this day, working together with local Japan-related organizations to hold a festival celebrating Japanese culture.
There will be musical performances, food, festival games, and more!