Enjoy A Day of Authentic Japanese Food, Dancing, Fun And Activities for All Ages!
The 17th Annual BonFest Pensacola is set to take place on Saturday, September 2 nd from noon to 4 p.m. at Pensacola’s Bayview Senior Center, located at 2000 E. Lloyd St. The festival’s doors open at 11 a.m. and admission is complimentary.
BonFest Pensacola is a family-friendly event inspired by traditional Obon festivals in Japan and offers authentic Japanese food, fun activities, superb cultural performances, items for sale, and fun activities for guests of all ages to experience and enjoy. Taiko Drummers from EPCOT’s Matsuriza group will thrill festival goers with two dynamic performances at the beginning and towards the end of the festival.
Other highlights include: the children’s Mikoshi Parade, where participants experience the ritual of carrying a portable Japanese Shinto shrine, a Japanese “Bon Odori” dance, martial arts and much more.
The 17th Annual BonFest Pensacola is sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami, Florida Okinawa KenjiKai, Kyoto Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Emerald Coast Okinawa, The Eye Trust, Noriko Waits, University of West Florida, Japan Language & Culture Community Group, Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola and Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation.