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2017 Monterey Peninsula Buddhist 71st Annual Temple Obon Festival (Sunday) Bo Odori, Japanese Food, Entertainment, Ikebana Exhibits, Games, Crafts.. n Updated: 7 days ago

Date: Sunday, 9 July, 2017       Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This Event is 1 Day.
Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple
1155 Noche Buena Street
Seaside, CA 93955

Phone: (831) 394-0119
Official Website: Click to Visit

The Buddhist Temple of the Monterey Peninsula hosts the annual Obon Festival. Featured at the Festival are Japanese foods, entertainment, ikebana and bonsai exhibits, games for children, and Japanese goods and crafts for sale. Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, udon, kushi katsu (fried pork), gyoza,and chicken karaage (fried chicken). Day-long entertainment features martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, and Taiko drumming.

Later in the afternoon, the colorful Obon Odori, or community Japanese folk dancing, takes place. The day wraps up with the grand prize raffle drawing. The Obon Festival is a free event, donations accepted. Parking is available across the street from the Temple.

Shinsho Mugen Daiko of Monterey (Taiko) will perform during the opening ceremonies at noon and at 3:00 pm.

Gluten-free chicken karaage will be offered this year.

July 9, 2017 - Sunday Only

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bon Odori Dance Time
4:00 pm - Start

Schedule of Events

Bon Odori Dance Practice Schedule - Locate All Practice Dates:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Temple Social Hall
Tuesdays and Thursdays during June: June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 - 2017

The Obon festival is a Buddhist tradition to celebrate, remember and express gratitude to all family members who have died. The Obon festival has been celebrated in Japan since 657 AD. The first Obon in the United States was held in Hawaii in 1910; festivals on the mainland began about 20 years later.

The first Monterey Obon Festival was held on August 25, 1947 at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Hall in Monterey, home to the Temple then. In 1963, the event was moved to the Monterey County Fairgrounds where it was held for 30 years. The Obon Festival returned to the Temple, now in Seaside, in 1993. 3,000 to 5,000 people from across the Monterey Peninsula and beyond attend each year.

Want to Volunteer for the Obon Festival
Contact Kristen Yamamoto at or call (831) 394-0119.

Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena St., Seaside, CA 93955

Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple Obon Festival (Sun only)

Japanese Obon Festival & Bon Odori Schedule

(Please always confirm date & times, the schedule could change)


Sunday, 9 July, 2017


Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple Office

Phone: (831) 394-0119
Official Website: Click to Visit


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