Obon Festival


Aug 13, 2022
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM


This event is sold out for 2022. Please join us next year!

Join us in a commemoration of ancestors during the annual Obon Festival at the ABQ BioPark's Japanese Garden. The celebration includes dancing, drumming and demonstrations of traditional Japanese arts. Food and drink are available for purchase. Each ticket includes a toro nagashi, or floating lantern to celebrate loved ones. Lanterns will be released on the Japanese Garden pond at timed intervals.

Advance tickets are highly recommended. Event tickets include access to the Japanese Garden and High Desert Rose Garden. All other areas will be closed. The Obon Festival occurs rain or shine. You will receive an e-ticket that can be scanned at the entrance to the event.


6:30 p.m.: New Mexico Taiko Drummers (Main Stage)

The New Mexico Taiko group was founded in 1981 through the New Mexico Japanese American Citizen’s league as an annual event for the Omatsuri festival held in Albuquerque. At this time the Omatsuri was a time for ethnic Japanese and Japanese-Americans of New Mexico to celebrate their heritage and share it with the greater community.

6:45 p.m.: Tea Ceremony (Atrium)

A Japanese tea ceremony is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea.

7:15 p.m.: Bon Odori Dancers (Main Stage)

Bon Odori or "Bon dance" is a style of dancing performed during Obon. It is a folk entertainment, which has a history of nearly 600 years.

7:30 p.m.: Tea Ceremony (Atrium)

8:30 p.m.: Shamisen (Main Stage)

The shamisen is a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument. 


$25 for the general public. New Mexico BioPark Society members are $22.50. Children under 2 are free.

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ABQ BioPark Education
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)