2020 ARIZONA MATSURI
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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Steele Indian School Park (Central Phoenix)
300 East Indian School Road
Four stages will offer non-stop entertainment
of dance, music, martial arts and more. See performers and schedules here
Japanese Food, Sweets
Ramen, Noodles, Rice Dishes, Takoyaki, Yakitori, Noodles and sweets, shaved ice and more. See food vendors here
Children Activities, Exhibits
There will a lot of craft activities for all age children along Monroe street and in the CREATE at Arizona Science Center Annex. 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 Plaza Stage on Adam street. See the Program schedule here.
Dress Code: Rules & Regulations
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 2019 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.
The 2019 Raffle Winners have been selected for the single passenger Japan Airlines ticket to Japan and American Airlines domestic US ticket for two. Click here to see the winning tickets.
Festival Dedication Song
Click this link to listen to the 35th Anniversary dedication song created by our own Ken Koshio. This is a Ondo Dancee song called "Arizona Matsuri Ondo" which celebrates our 35 year history. Mari Kaneta will be putting together a choreography for this song at this year's festival.
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
Click on the image above to see this year's festival poster and follow this link to 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 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 or want to see who the 2019 vendors will be click here
Beer & Sake Garden
Relax, grab some edamame, ramen or yakitori and enjoy a cold brew and chilled sake in the shaded beer garden. See our food and drink vendor page here.
In 2019 we are featuring Asahi Super Dry beer and Hiro Sake, Watermelon Saketini and Tokyo mule!
Haiku Contest Winner Collection eBook
The 5th annual State wide and Arizona inspired Haiku poetry contest 2019 winners have been selected. There are more than 100 Outstanding and nearly 200 Honorable Mention haiku selected as winners. The Outstanding haiku were on display Feb 23-24 at the festival and both Outstanding and Honorable Mention haiku winners have been published in a freely downloadable eBook available.
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.
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The Arizona Matsuri is an annual festival which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage, traditional and modern. The two-day event held at Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix 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 35th anniversary in February 2019.