This Weekend: Tokyo Area Events for August 13-14

Summer Festivals And Fun In The City

By The Savvy Team
August 12, 2016
What's Happening

If you've chosen to avoid the crowds and spend your Obon weekend in Tokyo without travelling anywhere, let us be the ones to tell you that you've made the right decision — for there are plenty of fun events happening this weekend in and around the capital. From a Jazz festival and local summer matsuri in Tama, to a public movie viewing in Ebisu, a paper lantern festival in Asakusa and a romantic wind chimes event in Saitama, this weekend is all about embracing the heat. Let your hair loose and enjoy summer to the fullest!

Jazzy Days

The 7th Sumida Street Jazz Festival

Aiming to promote Sumida as Tokyo's No.1 music city, this annual festival gathers 400 bands performing jazz and other genres at around 40 indoor and outdoor stages. The highlight is a special performance by veteran saxophonist Malta and Japanese Jazz legend Isao Suzuki. On the agenda are also dance performances, various events for the kids and more.

Date
Sat, Aug.13 - Sun, Aug. 14, 2016
Time
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location
Near Kinshi-Park. Access: Kinshicho & Oshiage stations. (See map)
Fee
Free

Latin Sways

Bolivia Festival

Your one-day free pass to the country of passion, Bolivia, will have you plunge into the rhythms of charango, quena flutes and Caporales sexy moves all day long right in the center of Tokyo. Get in a groovy mood and enjoy the stage heat!

Date
Sat, Aug. 13, 2016
Time
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location
Shiba Park, Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo (See map)
Fee
Free

Private Fireworks

Kumagaya Fireworks

Marriage proposals, birthday celebrations, vows for an endless friendship...whatever message you're hiding in your heart can light up the sky at this enormously popular summer event happening in central Saitama. Enjoy the lights and heartwarming messages as they make their way to the stars.

Date
Sat, Aug. 13, 2016
Time
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location
Along Arakawa river, a 5-min walk from Kumagaya station. (See map)
Fee
Free

 What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re organizing a fun or interesting event, or you know someone who is, contact us to get it listed!