Join us on August 2nd and August 3rd as the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) and Buddhist Temple of San Diego (BTSD) host the annual Bon Odori Festival! We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join our celebration!
For two days, you will be able to enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day! Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices:

On August 2nd, you'll be able to make your own toro nagashi to either take home or set afloat at JFG. Lanterns will be sold at the Inamori Pavilion on a first come, first serve basis. Lantern making kits will only be available until 5:00 PM. Lantern floating is scheduled for 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the lower garden. 

On August 3rd, the festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion at 4:00 PM* where everyone will be invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance. The Organ Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and taiko will fill the air, and dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle! 

*At this time, JFG's upper garden will be free for the public and JFG's lower garden will be closed. The beer and sake garden will also expand to the koi pond. 


Adults (18+)...$12 | Students, Retired military, Seniors (65+)...$10*

  • Active Duty Military...FREE (by way of Blue Star Museums)

  • Children 6 y/o and younger, JFG members...FREE

  • Balboa Park Explorer Passes, Go Card also accepted.

*ID must be presented.

** Ticket sales are available at JFG on each day of the festival. No pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase.


Friday, August 2 Festival Map

Saturday, August 3 Festival Map

Parking at Balboa Park

Please park at the Federal Lot, the Palisades Lot, or the Inspiration Point Lot found on President’s Way. Parking is free and you will find Balboa Park's complimentary tram at various locations. If you are unable to park in these areas, click here to find more information on additional parking lots and Balboa Park's complimentary tram service.

The Balboa Park 8 Miler

The Balboa Park 8 Miler is scheduled for Saturday, August 3 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM with Pan American Plaza closed during this time. Please refer to "Parking at Balboa Park" when planning for your visit. For more information on the Balboa Park 8 Miler, click here.

Directions to JFG - 2215 Pan American Rd E.

            From 5 South:
               Exit B St.,
               Left onto B St.,
               Right on Park Blvd.,
               Left on President’s Way,
               first left into the parking lot.

               From 5 North:
               Exit 10th St.,
               Left on A St.,
               Left on Park Blvd.,
               Left on President’s Way,
               first left into the parking lot.

         From 15/163 North:
         Exit Park Blvd.,
         Left onto Park Blvd.,
         Left on President’s Way,
         first left into the parking lot.

         From Park Blvd. & University Ave:
         South on Park Blvd.,
         Right on President’s Way,
         first left into the parking lot.

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