Northern/Central California Obon Festivals This Weekend

The following Obon celebrations will be held at temples in Northern and Central California during the weekend of July 20 and 21.


Teriyaki chicken box dinners (prepaid or first-come, first served) available for $14 each starting at 3 p.m.

Hatsubon, July-August Shotsuki and Obon service at 4 p.m.

Dharma School will sell snow cones, soft drinks and water from 5 p.m.

Bon Odori starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by Grass Valley Taiko at 8:30 p.m. and more dancing.

Final dance practices will be held Tuesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Info: (530) 743-6426


Obon/Hatsubon service at 3 p.m.

Buddhist Church of Florin 100th Anniversary Time Capsule opening at 4:30 p.m. (contents will be displayed)

Sacramento Taiko Dan at 6:30 p.m.

Bon Odori at 7 p.m.

Final dance practice will be held on Tuesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 8 p.m.

There will also be a kendo demonstration. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Info: (916) 383-1831, florinbuddhist@gmail.com, http://florinbuddhist.org/


Saturday schedule

4:30 p.m.: MVBT Taiko

5 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble; temple tour

6 p.m.: Temple tour

6:30 p.m.: Jun Daiko

7 p.m.: Temple tour

8 p.m.: “Maui style” Bon dancing

Sunday schedule

12:30 p.m.: MVBT Taiko

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Temple tour

3:30 p.m.: Jun Daiko

6 p.m.: Chidori Band

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori service and dancing, followed by raffle drawing.

All day: Cultural displays, flower shop, home crafts, sit-down dining, children’s activities, outdoor food and beverage booths, outdoor game booths and bingo

Food and drink: Chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki, inari sushi, California maki, yakisoba, Japanese-style hot dogs, corn on the cob, udon, Spam musubi, chi-chi dango, manju, chicken salad, strawberry shortcake, beer and sake

Cultural displays: Ikebana, bonsai, suiseki, Japanese dolls, children’s art

Children’s activities (Sunday only, 1 to 4 p.m.): Origami, kabuto (samurai hats), ikebana

Last dance practice on Tuesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. (Maui Bon dance practice at 8:45 p.m.)

Info: (650) 964-9426, www.mvbuddhisttemple.org


Live music, taiko drumming, ikebana flower exhibit, teriyaki, udon, hot dogs, tamales, hamburgers.

Mini food bazaar starts at 4 p.m.

Talks: “Basic Buddhism” at 5 p.m., “Our Buddhist Services” at 5:30 p.m.

Bon Odori with music by Chidori Band at 7:30 p.m.

Dance practices on Tuesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m.

Info: (510) 522-5243, www.btoa.org


Food booths open from 4 to 10 p.m.