After April 1, 2020. click HERE to download and print our Festival Flier, and 

HERE to download and print our event pamphlet with menu, program schedule, floor plan and other information.

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Tel:  919-787-6233

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Countdown to the

Natsu Matsuri!

15th Annual

NC Japan

Summer Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2020: 1:00-6:00 p.m.

 (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for advance online ticket purchasers)

Exposition Center, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC


We are seeking Corporate Sponsors, Food Vendors, Community Market Vendors & Exhibitors,

Performers, and Volunteers.  Please click on the words highlighted above to request information.

Click HERE to be notified when tickets go on sale.

 Food, Culture, Fun...

The NC Japan Summer Festival organized by the Nippon Club of the Triangle will be held again at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  A spacious, air-conditioned, indoor venue where everyone can all celebrate in comfort and enjoy delicious authentic Japanese food, unique crafts and goods, traditional cultural displays and activities, and lots of exciting music, dancing and other Japanese entertainment.

What is NEW this year?  MORE FOOD!  Professional food vendors to supplement traditional

favorites offered by the Nippon Club and to ensure there is enough for everyone.  Better line control, including an express line for cash sales.  And a larger Community Market with more vendors and exhibitors.

Food & Drink

If you have never tried Japanese festival food,

now is your chance.  We will have delicious traditional favorites like yakisoba, takoyaki, dango, kakigori and matcha.  And BEER!  Refreshingly cold Japanese beer on tap. Check our FOOD page for more details.

Culture & Tradition

The Festival will feature a variety of Japanese cultural activities, arts, crafts, goods and traditions, including Tanabata, bonsai, ikebana, tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami and a children's mikoshi parade.  Click our CULTURE page for more details. 


There is a lot of great entertainment planned for our Summer Festival, including traditional obon dancing, taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, karaoke, and contemporary musical performances by local Japanese artists.  See our PROGRAM page for more details.

Avoid lines, save time & money,

and enter two hours earlier!

Click HERE after April 1, 2020, to order

discounted early admission tickets online.

The 15th Annual

NC Japan Summer Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for

advance online ticket purchasers)

Exposition Center

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607


For a map and directions, click HERE.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

OtaJoy by Otafuku

Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.

Suntory/Pepsi Bottling Ventures

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

We are seeking additional Sponsors. 

To learn about the benefits of sponsorship,

please click HERE.