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​36th Anniversary

February 22nd & 23rd

Saturday & Sunday  10AM - 5PM


Featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix.


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Program & Schedule
New Location
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Steele Indian School Park (Central Phoenix)

300 East Indian School Road

​Learn more about our new location here.

Non-stop Entertainment

Four stages will offer non-stop  entertainment

of dance, music, martial arts and more. See performers and schedules here

Japanese Food, Drinks

Ramen, Noodles, Rice Dishes, Takoyaki, Yakitori, Noodles, Okonomiyaki, sweets, shaved ice and more. See food vendors here

Children Activities, Exhibits

There will a lot of craft activities for all age children along with several special exhibits. Be sure to pickup a free passport and visit all the stations to get your stamps and a small prize.

Opening Parade - Sat & Sun

Join the opening ceremony and festival parade complete with portable omikoshi shrine and dancers from 9:30 AM on Sat & 10:00 AM Sun. The ceremony and parade begin near the Main Stage. 

Volunteer Registration

We are now accepting applications for volunteers for 2020. Click here for details.

Dress Code: Rules & Regulations
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First of all, this is a festival that celebrates Japanese culture and we ask that all attendees who plan to wear a costume to keep this in mind and respect our mission. We strongly discourage all cosplays of non-Japanese origin (video game, manga, anime, etc.).


All festival participants who attend wearing any type of costume will be required to adhere to the 2020 Festival Costume Dress Code Rules & Regulations posted here.  We enforce a strict no-weapons policy including any sharp object props, inappropriate costumes of any kind.​ Thank you for your cooperation.

​The Dress Code and Cosplay Rules are here.

Festival Raffle
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Support Arizona Matsuri by participating in the Japan Airlines, American Airlines sponsored Festival Raffle. All participants have a chance to win a ticket to Japan on JAL and/or a ticket for US travel on AA. See who won the prizes this year here.

Previous Festival Recap Video

Arizona Matsuri - Festival Song

Arizona Ondo

Arizona Ondo

Click the image above to play the song. Open the song lyrics here.

2020 Festival Theme

The theme for the 2020 Arizona Matsuri is Samurai which were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan. Learn more about Samurai here.

2020 Festival Poster
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Click on the image above to see this year's festival poster and click here to see the poster collection going back to 1985.


Exhibitors will be displaying a wide variety of traditional and modern Japanese arts and crafts. See exhibitors here

Merchandise vendors

Merchandise vendors will offer Kimono & Clothing, Fine Arts & Decor, Fabric & Notions,  Gardens & Flora, gifs items, and more. If you are interested in becoming a vendor in 2020 click here

Beer & Sake Garden

Relax, grab some edamame, ramen or yakitori and enjoy a cold Japanese brew and chilled sake in the shaded beer garden. See our food and drink vendor page here. In 2020 we are featuring Asahi Super Dry beer and Hiro Sake, Watermelon Saketini and Tokyo mule cocktails

Haiku Poetry Contest

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The 6th annual State wide and Arizona inspired Haiku poetry contest for 2020 had over 1000 submissions and the free eBook is available for for download.  This year's  publication includes several Arizona inspired Outstanding and Honorable Mention haiku. 


Check out the collection of this year and all previous year winners in the free eBook collection  here

Festival Photo Share Gallery

Do you have a photo collection you would like to share and have published on our gallery?   Click the image above to see the gallery and click here to learn how to share your photos.

2020 Vendor Intro



Click the image above to play the ABC news clip of long time Arizona Matsuri vendor "Fugetsudo", a mochi rice confectionary family business in LA which has been in operation for 117 years.

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Arizona Matsuri

The Arizona Matsuri is an annual festival which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage, traditional and modern. The two-day event will be held at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix and features the sights and sounds of Japan, art, crafts, music, dance and much more. The family friendly Matsuri is free to all. Japanese food and goods from over 60 vendors are available for purchase and the beer and sake garden is a great place to relax. The Arizona Matsuri was first held in 1984 and will be celebrating its 36th anniversary in February 2020 at our new location.

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