Welcome to the 10th Annual

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival

August 11-12

Have you noticed the beautiful decorations hanging in Little Tokyo each summer?   They are all made by neighbors and friends all over California, Japan, and beyond.  Anyone can participate in our summer celebration!

Come to our workshops, learn how to make kazari and even enter the big contest!  Individuals, families, clubs, teams and friends are all welcome.

Welcome to the 10th Annual

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival

August 11-12

Have you noticed the beautiful decorations hanging in Little Tokyo each summer?   They are all made by neighbors and friends all over California, Japan, and beyond.  Anyone can participate in our summer celebration!

Come to our workshops, learn how to make kazari and even enter the big contest!  Individuals, families, clubs, teams and friends are all welcome.

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Kazari

View the rows and rows of different kazari designs on display and be sure to vote for your favorite!

Festival

Vendors

Plenty of food and shopping throughout the festival grounds. Something to please every member of the family.

Festival

Entertainment

Music, dance, manga, and more don the stage under the big white tent throughout the weekend.

Schedule

AUG 10-11-12

5:00pm 

Opening Ceremonies

The 10th Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival officially opens.

Kazari Award Presentation

The first place winner in each category will receive $50 and a specially designed framed award. The Founder’s Award will be awarded to the overall winner of the first place winners and receives an additional $50 prize.

Entertainment

Pomp & Circumstance

Come watch the Traditional Breaking of the Sake Barrels, and sit back enjoy a Jazz/Minyo performance by Minyo Station.

 

Little Tokyo in Los Angeles

The Tanabata Festival displays are located in Little Tokyo at E 1st St and N Central Ave: in front of the JANM (Japanese American National Museum) and MOCA (Geffen/Museum of Contemporary Art). Wander the area at your leisure – eat, shop, play games at the many vendor booths, and relax while enjoying entertainment under the white tent throughout the day.

Little Tokyo in Los Angeles

The Tanabata Festival displays are located in Little Tokyo at E 1st St and N Central Ave: in front of the JANM (Japanese American National Museum) and MOCA (Geffen/Museum of Contemporary Art). Wander the area at your leisure – eat, shop, play games at the many vendor booths, and relax while enjoying entertainment under the white tent throughout the day.

100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 920-5283
100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 920-5283

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Faq

Does it cost to view the kazari?

The kazari displays are free to the public.  You can even vote on your favorite design all day Saturday. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be presented on Sunday.

Where does it take place?

The Los Angeles Tanabata Festival is situated in the heart of Little Tokyo.  The various kazari will be on display at E 1st St and N Central Ave, in front of the JANM (Japanese American National Museum) and MOCA (Geffen/Museum of Contemporary Art).

What else is there to do?

Satisfy your hunger at the many festival food and drink booths located throughout the closed-off street.  There are Arts & Crafts booths, too, where you can browse and shop.  And kids can have fun competing at the various games booths!  Go to the big white tent where you can sit and relax while being entertained by a wide assortment of music, manga, dancing, and more.

How Long is the Event?

The Opening Ceremonies actually begin on Friday evening and the festival runs all day Saturday and concludes on Sunday evening.

Can I learn to make a kazari?

Yes! Anyone can do it. And it’s easy once you know how. The best way to learn is to visit and participate in one of our Kazari Workshops. They are taught in 2 locations: Little Tokyo and Torrance. Complete times and dates can be found on the Workshop section of this website.

How do I enter my kazari in the contest?

Entering your beautiful kazari is easy.  Go to the Contest section and register. It only takes a few minutes to complete. The entry fee is only $10, and there’s even an early-bird registration fee waiver if you register online by June 30, 2018.

Where do I buy material to make kazari?

You can purchase all the materials you need at one of our workshops.  We will also be selling material in our online storefront very soon.

I have other questions. Who do I ask?

You can contact us anytime with any question you may have using our online  Contact form.  We will do our best to get back to you promptly.

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