Bon Dance Festival (Obon Greenville)

The 2018 Bon Dance or Obon Japanese Festival will be held August 25 in Greenville, SC

Since 1995,  South Carolina residents have enjoyed the Bon Dance Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese culture in the form of a late summer festival during the Japanese holiday Obon.

Bon Dance Festival 2018 – #obonSC
Saturday, August 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm
Click or scroll down for 2018 schedule.

McAlister Square 
225 S Pleasantburg Dr | Greenville, SC 29607

The Greenville Bon Dance Festival includes Bon Odori (the Bon Dance, see a demonstration on WSPA Your Carolina) with participants in colorful kimono, yukata and happi coats, as well as delicious food from numerous participating Upstate vendors.  

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei gives a longbow archery demonstration at Bon Dance Greenville.

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei gives a longbow archery demonstration at Bon Dance Greenville.

This event is family-friendly, and is currently held indoors in comfortable air conditioning, regardless of weather conditions.

There are Japanese crafts, games, prizes, Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations including kyudo archery and kendo, and traditional Japanese arts including calligraphy, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and origami.

Admission and participation in many activities are free. Tickets can be purchased for food, raffles, and participation in games. If you’d like food, we recommend you arrive early — it goes fast!

2018 Schedule – Download 2018 Schedule PDF
11:30am Gates open for ticket sales
12:30pm Festival Begins – Taiko performance by Ronin Taiko
1:00pm Bon Dance (Odori) by Midori no Kai
1:15pm Hula Dance by Hokukea
1:30pm Kyudo archery by SC Kyudo Renmei
1:45pm Tea Ceremony
2:15pm Bon Dance (Odori) by Midori no Kai
2:30pm Hula Dance by Hokukea
2:45pm Taiko performance by Ronin Taiko
3:15pm Kendo by Greenville Kendo Club
3:45pm Sanshin musical performance by Gachimaya
4:30pm Festival End

Everyone is invited to join in bon odori, the Bon Dance, led by Midori no Kai.

Everyone is invited to join in bon odori, the Bon Dance, led by Midori no Kai.

Everyone is welcome. This event is hosted by the Japan-America Association of South Carolina (JAASC), and comes together with help of numerous local and regional organizations, individuals, businesses and volunteers dedicated to the purpose.

The organizers of this event are dedicated to the purpose of fostering and promoting positive relationships among the peoples of the United States and Japan through meaningful educational, social and cultural exchanges.