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Update:October 12, 2012

Event Calendar2012-2013

Please keep in mind that events and dates are subject to change and potential cancellation.

April

Event Date(s) Outline Place

The 26th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori

April 21(Sat) - May 20(Sun)

A spring event in the Jozankei hot spring area, when about 350 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream.

Jozankei Sport Park, etc.

May

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 26th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 21(Sat) - May 20(Sun) A spring event in the Jozankei hot spring area, when about 350 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream. Jozankei Sport Park, etc.
Hiraoka Park Ume Festival 2012

May 1(Tue)-24(Thu)

Hiraoka Park, known for its ume (plum blossoms) holds this festival when the flowers bloom. There will also be special stores selling various goods relevant to ume. Ume grove area of Hiaraoka Park
The 54th Sapporo Lilac Festival Odori Park venue:May 23(Wed)-27(Sun)
Kawashimo Park venue:June 2(Sat)-3(Sun)
A spring event held in Odori Park and Kawashimo Park celebrating the full bloom of lilacs. There will be various events such as lilac give-aways, planting of commerorative trees, wine gardens, outdoor Japanese tea ceremonies, cafe corners, and musical performances. Odori Park,
Kawashimo Park
Mt. Moiwa Day May 31(Thu)-June 3(Sun) A celebration of the 531-meter tall Mt. Moiwa, hiking and some other events can be enjoyed. Mt. Moiwa

June

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 54th Sapporo Lilac Festival Odori Park venue:May 23(Wed)-27(Sun)
Kawashimo Park venue:June 2(Sat)-3(Sun)
A spring event held in Odori Park and Kawashimo Park celebrating the full bloom of lilacs. There will be various events such as lilac give-aways, planting of commerorative trees, wine gardens, outdoor Japanese tea ceremonies, cafe corners, and musical performances. Odori Park,
Kawashimo Park
Mt. Moiwa Day May 31(Thu)-June 3(Sun) A celebration of the 531-meter tall Mt. Moiwa, hiking and some other events can be enjoyed. Mt. Moiwa
The 35th Walk Hokkaido June 3(Sun) A 33-kilometer walk starting in Makomanai and ending at Lake Shikotsu. There is a 10-kilometer course available as well. From Makomanai to Lake Shikotsu
The 21st YOSAKOI Soran Festival June 6(Wed) - 10(Sun) A dynamic dance festival where about 300 teams from throughout Japan and 30,000 participants dance to the intense rhythm. Spectators could jump in and participate in the Waodori Soran dance. Odori Park, etc.
The Annual Hokkaido Shrine Festival June 14(Thu) - 16(Sat) Commonly known as the "Sapporo Festival", portable shrines, floats, and pushcart vendors fill the streets during this traditional-style festival. Hokkaido Shrine and throughout the city
2012 Flowerfest Sapporo June 23(Sat) - July 1(Sun) Flowers will beautifully color Sapporo in early summer such as with the agriculture high school gardening contest, the orchid exhibit at the pavilion, and the flower monument. Odori Park

 July

Event Date(s) Outline Place
2012 Flowerfest Sapporo June 23(Sat) - July 1(Sun) Flowers will beautifully color Sapporo in early summer such as with the agriculture high school gardening contest, the orchid exhibit at the pavilion, and the flower monument. Odori Park
The 55th Sapporo International Half Marathon July 1(Sun) A JAAF(Japan Association of Athletics Federations)and AIMS(Association of International Marathons and Distance Races)certified international marathon where world-class runners, including invited athletes from overseas,compete every year. Start and end at the Maruyama Track & Field Stadium
PMF(Pacific Music Festival)2012 July 7(Sat) - August 4(Sat) An international music festival that aims to promote and develop music culture through musical education and the cultivation of aspiring young musicians. Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, etc.
Sapporo City Jazz 2012 July 7(Sat) - August 23(Thu) With the "White Rock Music Tent" at Odori Park 2-chome as its main venue, this event has professional musicians from Japan and abroad play dynamic performances. In addition, there are also many casual events where both professional and amateur bands will perform jazz at various venues around the Sapporo area. Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
Culture Night 2012 July 13(Fri) Culture Night offers a great opportunity for a valuable cultural experience at various cultural institutions that will be open later than their usual operating times. Various facilities within Sapporo
Makomanai Fireworks Display July 14(Sat) - 15(Sun) A spectacular fireworks show where 20,000 fireworks are synched with lights, fire, and music. There will be many booths serving food made with ingredients from Hokkaido. Entrance fee is free for chidren younger than elementary-school age. Makomanai Sekisui Heim Stadium
The 38th Sapporo Toyohira River Rafting Festival July 15(Sun) Sapporo townspeople navigate their way down the Toyohira River in handmade rafts and unique costumes. Lower Toyohira River by Horohira Bridge
The 59th Sapporo Summer Festival July 21(Sat) - August 20(Mon) Enjoy the summer during this month-long festival, with open-air beer gardens and various events such as Hokkaido bon dancing and Sapporo bazaar in Odori Park.
Beer garden dates: July 21 (Sat)-August 15 (Wed).
Odori Park
The 59th Tanuki Festival July 21(Sat) - August 20(Mon) In addition to the Sapporo Summer Festival, the Tanuki Festival in Tanukikoji celebrates the long-running stores of the area and has a great atmosphere. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
The 3rd Susukino Omotenashi En-ichi July 19(Thu) - 21(Sat) Local Susukino bars and restaurants will set up booths with their food and drinks, and many staged events will take place outside as well. Susukino area (Around Minami 6-jo)
Toyohira River Fireworks Festival July 27(Fri) Fireworks sponsored by the Hokkaido Shimbun/UHB (respectively) Toyohira River near Minami 19-jo Bridge

August

Event Date(s) Outline Place
PMF(Pacific Music Festival)2012 July 7(Sat) - August 4(Sat) An international music festival that aims to promote and develop music culture through musical education and the cultivation of aspiring young musicians. Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, etc.
Sapporo City Jazz 2012 July 7(Sat) - August 23(Thu) With the "White Rock Music Tent" at Odori Park 2-chome as its main venue, this event has professional musicians from Japan and abroad play dynamic performances. In addition, there are also many casual events where both professional and amateur bands will perform jazz at various venues around the Sapporo area. Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
The 59th Sapporo Summer Festival July 21(Sat) - August 20(Mon) Enjoy the summer during this month-long festival, with open-air beer gardens and various events such as Hokkaido bon dancing and Sapporo bazaar in Odori Park.
Beer garden dates: July 21 (Sat)-August 15 (Wed).
Odori Park
The 59th Tanuki Festival July 21(Sat) - August 20(Mon) In addition to the Sapporo Summer Festival, the Tanuki Festival in Tanukikoji celebrates the long-running stores of the area and has a great atmosphere. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
The 48th Susukino Festival August 2(Thu) - 4(Sat) Susukino becomes one big event site, with outdoor food stalls, street venders, and portable shrine processions. The procession of courtesans is a must-see. Susukino area
The 30th Miyanomori Summer Ski Jumping Festival August 4(Sat) Top athletes from throughout Japan gather in Sapporo for this Nordic ski jump competition, where this event, although typical for winter sports, can be enjoyed even during the summer. Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium
The 13th Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Festival August 5(Sun) Top athletes from throughout Japan gather in Sapporo for this Nordic ski jump competition, where this event, although typical for winter sports, can be enjoyed even during the summer. Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium
Toro-Nagashi (the Floating of Lanterns) August 15 (Wed) An annual event held on August 15th. Kamokamo River by the Gokoku Shrine
2012 Hokkaido Marathon August 26(Sun) From professional athletes from abroad to everyday enthusiasts aim for the finish line in Odori Park in this all-out run through the various areas of Sapporo. Start and finish line at Odori Park
Dai-Don-Den! Sapporo Performance Carnival 2012 August 31(Fri) - September 2(Sun) An area of Sapporo Ekimae-dori will be a vehicle-free zone with street performances, art, and musical performances of many genres. Sapporo Ekimae-dori, etc.

September

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Dai-Don-Den! Sapporo Performance Carnival 2012 August 31(Fri) - September 2(Sun) An area of Sapporo Ekimae-dori will be a vehicle-free zone with street performances, art, and musical performances of many genres. Sapporo Ekimae-dori, etc.
Ashiricheppunomi (ceremony of receiving the first salmon) September 9(Sun) A traditional Ainu event revived in 1982, after a lapse of 100 years. Toyohira Riverside at Minami 7-jo Bridge (Minami 7 Nishi 1)
The 7th Sapporo International Short Film Festival September 12(Wed) - 17(Mon) One of the largest international short film festivals in the nation where films are shown from all over the world. Each program (about 5-8 short films) could be viewed in 90 minute segments, and there will also be short-film markets and seminars held as well. Sapporo Plaza 2.5, etc.
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2012 September 14(Fri) - 30(Sun) An autumn harvest festival celebrating culinary delights. Seasonal food and gourmet representing Hokkaido and Sapporo gather here where visitors can enjoy the many kinds of food autumn has to offer.  Odori Park

October

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 37th Sapporo Marathon October 7(Sun) A citizens' marathon with a variety of courses, ranging from a half marathon, 10-kilometer course, 5-kilometer wheelchair course, 3-kilometer pair course and 2-kilomiter courses that could be enjoyed by all age groups. Start from Makomanai Sekisui Heim Stadium
2012 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Wed) - November 4(Sun) From large to cascade chrysanthemums, state-of-the-art flower arrangements of chrysanthemum lovers all over Hokkaido will be dynamically displayed in the Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway. Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway

November

Event Date(s) Outline Place
2012 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Wed) - November 4(Sun) From large to cascade chrysanthemums, state-of-the-art flower arrangements of chrysanthemum lovers all over Hokkaido will be dynamically displayed in the Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway. Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway
2012 Sapporo Art Stage November 10(Sat) - December 9(Sun) During this month-long art and culture campaign in Sapporo, live theater and musical performances can be enjoyed in a rich cultural atmosphere. Throughout the city
The 32nd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park: November 22(Thu) - December 25(Tue)
Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 11(Mon)

Minami 1jo-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 14(Thu)

The trees around Odori Park ,Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori are decorated with lights, creating brilliant works of art that liven up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
German Christmas Market in Sapporo November 26(Mon) - December 24(Mon) A German Christmas market is set up annually in Odori Park in celebration of Sapporo's sister city of Munich, with booths selling authentic German beer, wine, sausages, and various other regional delicacies. Odori Park 2-chome

December

Event Date(s) Outline Place
2012 Sapporo Art Stage November 10(Sat) - December 9(Sun) During this month-long art and culture campaign in Sapporo, live theater and musical performances can be enjoyed in a rich cultural atmosphere. Throughout the city
The 32nd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park: November 22(Thu) - December 25(Tue)
Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 11(Mon)

Minami 1jo-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 14(Thu)

The trees around Odori Park ,Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori are decorated with lights, creating brilliant works of art that liven up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
German Christmas Market in Sapporo November 26(Mon) - December 24(Mon) A German Christmas market is set up annually in Odori Park in celebration of Sapporo's sister city of Munich, with booths selling authentic German beer, wine, sausages, and various other regional delicacies. Odori Park 2-chome

January

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 32nd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park: November 22(Thu) - December 25(Tue)
Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 11(Mon)

Minami 1jo-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 14(Thu)

The trees around Odori Park ,Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori are decorated with lights, creating brilliant works of art that liven up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori

February

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 32nd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park: November 22(Thu) - December 25(Tue)
Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 11(Mon)

Minami 1jo-dori: November 22(Thu) - February 14(Thu)

The trees around Odori Park ,Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori are decorated with lights, creating brilliant works of art that liven up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
The 33rd Sapporo International Ski Marathon February 3(Sun) A marathon with many events such as ski marathons and cross country skiing for all age groups. Around the Sapporo Dome
The 64th Sapporo Snow Festival February 5(Tue) - 11(Mon) In the greatest winter event known to the world, over 200 snow and ice statues are built in the Odori Park and Susukino areas. It is hard to believe that these elaborate statues, standing up to 15 meters tall, are made of snow. Odori Park, Community Dome "Tsu-dome" and Susukino