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2019 Buddhist Church of Oakland Obon Festival (Food Bazaar, Ikebana, Tea Ceremony, Koto Performance, Bon Odori, etc.)Newly Listed

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Date: Saturday, 3 August, 2019       Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buddhist Church of Oakland
825 Jackson St.
Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: (510) 832-5988
Website: Click to Visit

The Buddhist Church of Oakland will hold its Annual Obon Festival on Saturday on the Church grounds.  This event features cultural displays and demonstrations, including Tea Ceremony, Koto performance, Taiko Drum performance, Flower Arranging display, along with live musical performances, climaxing with Japanese dancing on Jackson Street, for which the public is invited to participate! 

There will also be various Japanese foods available including BBQ Teriyaki Steak, Chicken and Short Ribs (kalbi), sushi, udon, curry, beer, soft drinks and more. 

Resident Minister, Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge will give a short tour and explanation of this historic Buddhist facility. 

There is no admission charge and the event is open to the public.

Obon Festival Date
August 3, 2019 - Saturday

Obon Festival Time
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bon Odori Dancing 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 5th, 2018 - 10:30 am: Obon Memorial Service, Speaker to be determined. 

3:00 - 7:00 pm: Food Bazaar and Ohara Ikebana Floral Exhibit
3:45 - 4:30 pm: Urasenke Tea Ceremony demonstration
4:00 pm           : Temple tour/Q&A with Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge
5:00 - 5:45 pm: Koto Performance by Shirley Muramoto Koto Studio
5:45 - 6:30 pm: Taiko Performance by Eden Aoba Taiko
6:30 - 7:15 pm: Japanese Music Performance by Chidori Band
7:30 - 9:00 pm: Obon Odori dancing

Bon Odori Dancing
7:30 pm 


The Church is located at 825 Jackson St. (at 9th), in Oakland, one block from the Lake Merritt BART station. 

Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to take public transit or rideshare.  

For more information, please visit their website at buddhistchurchofoakland.org, or call 510-832-5988  during normal business hours. 


Obon Dance Practice Dates

Obon dance practices will be held on July
Bon Odori Dance Times: 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Obon Practice Dates: Mon 7/15, Wed 7/17, Tue 7/23, Thu 7/25, Mon 7/29, Wed 7/31 and Thu 8/1 - 2019

Location: Church Social Hall (825 Jackson St, Oakland) 
All practices are open to the public - no admission fee.


Oakland has 2 Major Festivals: 

1) Annual Bazaar & Food Festival (2 Days) in June

Buddhist Church of Oakland  Bazaar & Food Festival (2 Days) Sake, Sushi & Udon, Teriyaki Chicken & Steak, Games, Silent Auction, Bingo, Raffle

2) Obon Festival (1 Day) in August
Buddhist Church of Oakland Obon Festival (Food Bazaar, Ikebana, tea Ceremony, Koto Performance, Bon Odori, etc.)


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Obon Festival Title
Buddhist Church of Oakland Obon Festival (Food Bazaar, Ikebana, tea Ceremony, Koto Performance, Bon Odori, etc.)

Obon Festival Location
Oakland - Buddhist Church of Oakland, 825 Jackson St., Oakland, CA 94607


Saturday, 3 August, 2019

Event/Festival Contact

Buddhist Church of Oakland

Phone: (510) 832-5988
Website: Click to Visit

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