Founded in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was hatched as an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of J-Town and to honor the cultural heritage that was, at the time, at risk of being displaced. Since then the annual event has grown from a four-booth affair to a two-day event expected to draw over 30,000 guests.
What makes this street fair a uniquely San Francisco event is the broader cultural context participants can experience in addition to traditional Asian-Pacific influences. The Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers have a long history of including local entertainment that has spanned genres from Taiko to hip-hop to salsa, rock and jazz. Also included in the festivities are Childrenâ€™s World, Doggie World, Asian artisans and the Food Fest.
August 3rd and 4th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Japantown, San Francisco, located on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets
Admission is free.
For more information go to www.nihonmachistreetfair.org/