Cheapo Weekend for May 28-29: One Love Jamaica and Laos Festival

Adriana Mazza

Our top cheapo event picks for the weekend:

One Love Jamaica Fest - Has moved from Yoyogi to Odaiba for the 1st time
One Love Jamaica Fest – Has moved from Yoyogi to Odaiba for the 1st time | Photo by ami harikoshi used under CC

Tokyo Cheapo Downtown Drinks (Fri, May 27): A friendly meet-up with the TC crew and readers at Omotesando’s hip and happening Commune 246. What’s best, we’ve moved it from Monday to Friday night (we’ve been reading the comments section—we hear you, people). So grab some drinks and food from one of the many stands and meet us in the middle for some social mingles.

Ekoda Night Bazaar (Sat, May 28): Some solid family fun to be had at this nighttime market. There will be locals shops selling their wares on the streets, yatai (street food) stalls serving up some sweet and savory treats, and a small samba festival parading through the streets.

One Love Jamaica Festival (Sat, May 28 to Sun, May 29): In its 12th year, this festival has become a summertime staple in Tokyo. Enjoy Jamaican eats, drinks and party atmosphere under the sun (it’s supposed to be hot, hot, hot this weekend).

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Laos Festival (Sat, May 28 to Sun, May 29): Don’t know much about Laos culture? We’ll this is the perfect weekend to learn a thing or two. Head over to Yoyogi Park for Laotian music, dance, food and more.

Live from the Kitchen Disco (Sun, May 29): A free live show showcasing the best of Tokyo’s indie music scene. The event is celebrating its 2nd birthday with a line-up of stellar performers, both domestic and international.

Hibiya Oktoberfest (on til Sun, May 29): The Odaiba Oktoberfest took place earlier in May and Hibiya Park wants to keep the good times rolling. Beer, sausages and music await you—just head for the park’s fountain for all the action.

Forest Beer Garden (ongoing for the summer): The opening of this annual beer garden officially marks the beginning of summer in our book. Located in Meiji Shrine’s Outer Garden, you can enjoy a cold one, some grilled grub and nature-y vibes smack dab in the heart of the city. We recommend making a reservation as this hot spot fills up pretty quickly.

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