It’s that time again. Summer is drawing to a close. And although that means nothing in terms of weather (since the temperature will remain in the high 20s/low 30s Celsius range well into September), it’s still a subconscious bummer that back-to-school has reared it’s ugly head and that the “official” designated months of the sunny season will soon be forgotten. What better way to send off the dog days, though, than with a slew of cheapo events! Here are our top picks for this final festive weekend:
This & That Cafe – Art and Music Night (Aug. 28)
Get connected to the art scene by going to the 25th installment of This & That Cafe—an art and music event at SuperDeluxe showcasing tons of local talent through different styles and genres. Friday night’s show comprises a CD release party, local bands, visual artists and a live-painting duo. Entrance is only 700 yen and includes a drink.
34th Asakusa Samba Carnival (Aug. 29)
The insanely popular Asakusa Samba Carnival is back and will be dazzling the streets of Asakusa this Saturday starting at 1pm. Be sure to bring your best moves since you’ll most likely be inclined to join in and jive as you watch the stunning samba dancers parade by.
Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-Odori Fest (Aug 28-29)
Join and dance with the 40.000 other participants at the bon-odori fest to the tune of the most famous bon-odori song “Tokyo Ondo”. It takes pace at Hibiya Park on Aug 28 and 29 starting at 6 pm.
Hodogaya Candle Night (Aug 29, 2015)
If you’re looking for the perfect summer evening, try the Hodogaya Candle Night. You’ll be smack dab in a plum garden with pathways lit up by thousands of candles and chill out DJ music filling the air. Sounds pretty magical to us!
Super Yosakoi 2015 (Aug 29-30)
See huge team dance performances this weekend at Super Yosakai with participant numbers racking up to 6,000 people. The traditional dance fest will be taking over the Harajuku and Omotesando area and will feature a parade at Yoyogi Park.
Koenji Awa Odori Festival (Aug 29-30)
Koenji is also sporting some odori action this weekend at the Koenji Awa Odori Festival. As the sun sets, see 10,000 musicians and dancers proceed through the streets of Koenji.
Chofu Yosakoi (Aug 30)
More Yosakoi dance-offs in Chofu complemented by a parade and tons of festival food options.
The Do-Over Tokyo 2015 (Aug 30)
For a little fun in the sun (and sunset), get yourself to Harumi Pier for The Do-Over—a dance party overlooking Tokyo Bay with a line-up of surprise DJ guests. It’s completely free, just remember to RSVP for it online beforehand.
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