Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions during the 81st Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of Los Angeles’ largest Japanese cultural experiences, taking place Saturday, August 12 through Sunday, August 20, 2023.
As one of the nation’s longest-running, multi-weekend ethnic festivals, Nisei Week pays homage to those who blazed the trail for Japanese-American tradition within the vibrant city of Los Angeles during two weekends of free, family-friendly cultural events, interactive activities, live music, and more.
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NISEI WEEK SCHEDULE
Nisei Week Coronation
Saturday, August 12, 7 – 9 p.m. | Aratani Theatre
The 2023 Nisei Week Queen and Court are officially presented in an exciting program and production at the Aratani Theatre.
Sunday, August 13, 4 – 7 p.m. | 1st & 2nd Street, between Central Avenue and San Pedro Street
Stop by and visit one of the largest Japanese American parades in the country. The streets of Little Tokyo will be filled with Japanese dancers, displays of vibrant colors, festive music, talented musicians, floats, and more.
Nisei Week Awards Dinner
Monday, August 14, 6 – 8 p.m. | Double Tree by Hilton
The community of Little Tokyo will be recognizing community individuals who go above and beyond – including Frances K. Hashimoto community service honorees, inspiration award honorees, grand and parade marshals.
Nisei Week Pioneer Luncheon & Spirit Awards
Wednesday, August 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Omni Hotel
A gathering to honor our friends and leaders in the Southern California Japanese American community.
Nisei Week Plaza Festival & Beer Garden
Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | JACCC Plaza
In partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, gather at the plaza and enjoy live music, acts, Japanese delicacies, and more.
Nisei Week Taiko Gathering
Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | JACCC Plaza
Take a front seat and enjoy the art of Taiko drumming by groups from Southern California.
Nisei Week Closing Ceremony and Ondo
Sunday, August 20, 5 – 8 p.m. | 1st Street between San Pedro Street & Central Avenue
The public is invited to join Nisei Week’s finale – the Japanese tradition of dancing in the street with live entertainment to close out the annual festival.
Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles
For more information on Nisei Week visit Niseiweek.org.
To learn more about Go Little Tokyo visit LittleTokyoLA.org/GoLittleTokyo.