Cheapo Weekend for Aug 18-19: Traditional Festivals and Summer Sonic

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Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival

Those in/near Yokohama should swing by Rinko Park in Minato Mirai on Friday or Saturday evening for bon odori dancing, street food, a beer garden and beautiful views of the illuminated Yokohama Bay Bridge.

 Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival

Dates:
Entry:Free

The Tsurumi River Summer Festival

A small fireworks show of 1,000 illuminations. Takes place over Tsurumi River in Yokohama—so this event can easily be paired with a visit to the Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival (above).



 The Tsurumi River Summer Festival 2019

Dates:
Entry:Free

Shimokitazawa Awa Odori Festival

Awa Odori is a parade-like festival where choreographed groups perform traditional Japanese dances and songs throughout the streets. The Shimokitazawa neighbourhood is holding its own version of this summertime classic.

 Shimokitazawa Awa Odori Festival

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Dates:
Entry:Free

Somewhere in Your Dream

A new market and music event (also taking place in Shimokitazawa). You can peruse the market for antiques, arts and crafts, fair trade items, vintage clothing and more. Kids can join a beat-boxing workshop for ¥500. There are also live music and DJ performances.

 Somewhere in Your Dream

Dates:18th Aug, 2018
Entry:Free

Sanja Latin Fest

A two-day Latin celebration with live performances, amazing costumes and a samba parade on the Sunday.

 Sanja Latin Fest

Dates:
Entry:Free

Food and Entertainment Fight! Festival

A 10-day festival with food, music and even professional wrestling displays at Symbol Promenade Park.

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 Food and Entertainment Fight! Festival

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Dates:17th Aug–26th Aug, 2018
Entry:Free

Summer Sonic

Summer Sonic is one of the biggest music festivals of the summer. This year’s headliners include Chance the Rapper, Beck, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Shawn Mendes, Tame Impala, Queens of the Stone Age and more. If you still haven’t got your tickets, you can still get them by following the link below.

 Summer Sonic 2019

Dates:
Entry:¥16,000 – ¥29,000

For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our August recommendations.


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