Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi! Separated by the Milky Way, the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi are able to meet once per year on the seventh day of the seventh month. On Sunday, July 7th, JFG has partnered with the Minatomo Japanese Community to have their inaugural Tanabata Festival in San Diego! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances and demonstrations as well as partake in the Tanabata celebration by creating kazari (decorations). Tanzaku is one of the more popular decorations and are used to write wishes that may be granted. Tanzaku and other types of kazari will be available to either take home or be used to decorate JFG!

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Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road E.
Sunday | July 07, 2019 | Noon - 6:00 PM
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Pre-sale tickets to JFG’s Tanabata Festival are available online until Saturday, 06 July. All pre-sale tickets include a Festival Pass that is made up of a JFG map, festival programs schedule, scavenger hunt, and nine (9) activity tickets redeemable at certain activity booths. Please note that pre-sale tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable after 5:00 PM on 30 June, 2019. Tanabata Festival pre-sale tickets are priced as:

  • General … $16

  • Student, military, senior (65+) … $14*

Admission and Festival Passes will also be available at the door, separately, day of Tanabata Festival. Admission without a Tanabata Festival Pass can be purchased online while individual Festival Passes will only be available at the door, day of Tanabata Festival for $4/Festival Pass. Admission without Festival Passes reflect our daily admission prices and can be purchased online by clicking here.*

*Proper ID must be presented with a printed or digital ticket when entering Tanabata Festival. A student, military, or senior pre-sale ticket holder without proper ID when entering will have to pay the admission price difference.