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

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

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Countdown to the

Natsu Matsuri!

15th Annual

NC Japan

Summer Festival

July 18, 2020 (Saturday):  1:00-7:00 p.m.  (exact hours are tentative and subject to change)

Exposition Center, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, participated and attended the Festival held last summer on August 3, 2019.  The Festival was a great success, with approximately 6,000 people in attendance.  We look forward to seeing you all again for the next NC Japan Summer Festival to be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020.  Please check here after the New Year for updates and additional information, including how to volunteer or participate as a food vendor, Community Market exhibitor or performer.

 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.

Click HERE for information on participating in our Carolina Idol Japanese Karaoke Contest.

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.

(exact hours are tentative and subject to change)

Exposition Center

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607


For a map and directions, click HERE.