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Update:January 6, 2015

Event Calendar2014-2015

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

April

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 28th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 19(Sat) - May 18(Sun) A spring event in the Jozankei hot spring area, when about 350 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream. Over the Toyohira River in Jozankei

May

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 28th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 19(Sat) - May 18(Sun) A spring event in the Jozankei hot spring area, when about 350 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream. Over the Toyohira River in Jozankei
Hiraoka Park Ume Festival 2014

May 3(Sat)~25(Sun)

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 56th Sapporo Lilac Festival

Odori Park venue: May 16(Fri)~25(Sun)

Kawashimo Park venue: May 31(Sat)-June 1(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 band performance. Odori Park,
Kawashimo Park
The 37th Walk Hokkaido May 25(Sun) A 33-kilometer walk starting in Makomanai and ending at Lake Shikotsu. There is a 10-kilometer course available as well. From Makomanai Middle School to Lake Shikotsu
Mt. Moiwa Day May 30(Fri)-June 2(Mon) The Mt. Moiwa ropeway is discounted and various events are held on the days surrounding May 31, a day celebrated in connection with the mountain being 531 meters tall. Mt. Moiwa

June

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 56th Sapporo Lilac Festival

Odori Park venue: May 16(Fri)~25(Sun)

Kawashimo Park venue: May 31(Sat)-June 1(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 band performance. Odori Park,
Kawashimo Park
The 37th Walk Hokkaido May 25(Sun) A 33-kilometer walk starting in Makomanai and ending at Lake Shikotsu. There is a 10-kilometer course available as well. From Makomanai Middle School to Lake Shikotsu
Mt. Moiwa Day May 30(Fri)-June 2(Mon) The Mt. Moiwa ropeway is discounted and various events are held on the days surrounding May 31, a day celebrated in connection with the mountain being 531 meters tall. Mt. Moiwa
The 23nd YOSAKOI Soran Festival June 4(Wed) - 8(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(Sat) - 16(Mon) 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
2014 Flowerfest Sapporo June 21(Sat) - 29(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
Sapporo City Jazz 2014 July 2(Wed) - August 31(Sun) With 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  Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
4th Avenue Festival 2014 July 5(Sat) - 6(Sun) A two-day festival event where visitors can leisurely enjoy the 4th Avenue shopping street with attractions such as stage performances at the Sapporo Ekimae-dori scramble intersection and festival booths lining the traffic medians in the center of the roa Sapporo Ekimae-dori (Minami Odori - Minami 4-jo, streets blocked off to traffic)
PMF (Pacific Music Festival) 2014 July 12(Sat) - August 7(Thu) An international music festival that aims to promote and develop music culture through musical education and the cultivation of aspiring young musicians. Visitors can also enjoy classical music performances outside during the Picnic Concert. Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, etc.
Hokkaido Makomanai Fireworks Display July 12(Sat) A spectacular fireworks show where 22,000 fireworks, lights and fire are synched with music. There will also be many booths that are from popular restaurants in Hokkaido. Entrance fee is free for children younger than elementary-school age. Makomanai Sekisui Heim Stadium
The 40th Sapporo Music Festival July 12(Sat) - 13(Sun) Performances by local elementary and middle school concert bands and artists associated with Sapporo. Sapporo Ekimae-dori (Minami Odori - Minami 4-jo), Minami 1-jo (Minami 1-jo Nishi 2-3-chome) (streets blocked off to traffic)
The 5th Susukino Omotenashi En-ichi July 17(Thu) - 19(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)
Culture Night 2014 July 18(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
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 July 19(Sat) - September 28(Sun) On the theme of "City and Nature," this iconic event fulfilling the aims of the Creative City Sapporo initiative allows the opportunity for the creativity of Sapporo citizens to boost the city's charm. Exhibits of the latest works of art and interactive p Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, other locations
The 40th Sapporo Toyohira River Rafting Festival July 20(Sun) Sapporo townspeople navigate their way down the Toyohira River in handmade rafts and unique costumes. This is a fun-filled event where visitors can also enjoy the rafters' performances. Lower Toyohira River by Horohira Bridge
2014 Hokkaido Shimbun/UHB Fireworks July 25(Fri) A firework show featuring around 4,000 fireworks including starmines and bottle rockets.  Between Toyohira-kawa Minami-ohashi Bridge and Horohira Bridge
The 61th Sapporo Summer Festival July 18(Fri) - August 20(Wed)

Enjoy the summertime with Japan's largest Beer Garden at over 13,000 seats, traditional North Sea Bon Festival Dance performances, Sapporo Bazaar, and many more events.

※Beer Garden is up to August 15(Fri) .

Odori Park
The 61th Tanuki Festival July 18(Fri) - August 20(Wed) 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 11th Sapporo Mayor's Cup Araiyama Junior Ski Jump Festival

July 29(Tue)

Spectators will be able to watch elementary and middle school athletes compete in this summer ski jump competition. Araiyama Ski Jump Ground
Jozankei JAZZ TOWN

July 30(Wed) - August 3(Sun)

Set in "onsen town" in the middle of summer, this event features free, high quality outdoor live jazz performances given by amatuer and professional jazz groups that are active mainly in Hokkaido.  Jozankei Shrine

August

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Sapporo City Jazz 2014 July 2(Wed) - August 31(Sun) With 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 Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
PMF (Pacific Music Festival) 2014 July 12(Sat) - August 7(Thu) An international music festival that aims to promote and develop music culture through musical education and the cultivation of aspiring young musicians. Visitors can also enjoy classical music performances outside during the Picnic Concert. Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, etc.
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 July 19(Sat) - September 28(Sun) On the theme of "City and Nature," this iconic event fulfilling the aims of the Creative City Sapporo initiative allows the opportunity for the creativity of Sapporo citizens to boost the city's charm. Exhibits of the latest works of art and interactive p Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, other locations
The 61th Sapporo Summer Festival July 18(Fri) - August 20(Wed)

Enjoy the summertime with Japan's largest Beer Garden at over 13,000 seats, traditional North Sea Bon Festival Dance performances, Sapporo Bazaar, and many more events.

※Beer Garden is up to August 15(Fri) .

Odori Park
The 61th Tanuki Festival July 18(Fri) - August 20(Wed) 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
Jozankei JAZZ TOWN

July 30(Wed) - August 3(Sun)

Set in "onsen town" in the middle of summer, this event features free, high quality outdoor live jazz performances given by amatuer and professional jazz groups that are active mainly in Hokkaido. Jozankei Shrine
Sapporo Theater Season 2014 - Summer August 1(Fri) - 30(Sat)
Theatrical performances that have performed in Sapporo in the past and received great ratings will be called back to have additional shows during this one-month long festival. These performances are also reccomended for those that have not seen live theat Theaters within Sapporo

SAPPORO CITY JAZZ in SUSUKINO

"Susukino Music Festival"

August 1(Fri) - 2(Sat) An event featuring live musical performances, etc. Sapporo Ekimae-dori (Minami 4-jo - Minami 5-jo)
The 50th Susukino Festival August 6(Wed) - 9(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 32th Miyanomori Summer Ski Jumping Festival

August 2(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 15th Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Festival

August 3(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 (Fri) An annual event held on August 15th. Kamokamo River by the Gokoku Shrine
2014 Hokkaido Marathon August 31(Sun) Over 10,000 runners including invited runners from different parts of Japan and abroad will run through the Sapporo city course. This is one of the largest summer marathons in Japan where many amateur runners also participate every year. Start and finish line at Odori Park
Sapporo Tapas 2014

August 30(Sat) - September 4(Thu)

During this event,enjoy visiting various restaurants and bars throughout Sapporo,using the "Bono Tapas゛tickets at participating locations to sample their distinctive tapas(small dishes and appetizers) and drinks. Odori,Susukino,Maruyama,near the base of Mt.Moiwa,Yamahana area,etc.

September

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 July 19(Sat) - September 28(Sun) On the theme of "City and Nature," this iconic event fulfilling the aims of the Creative City Sapporo initiative allows the opportunity for the creativity of Sapporo citizens to boost the city's charm. Exhibits of the latest works of art and interactive p Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, other locations
Sapporo Tapas 2014 August 30(Sat) - September 4(Thu) During this event,enjoy visiting various restaurants and bars throughout Sapporo,using the "Bono Tapas゛tickets at participating locations to sample their distinctive tapas(small dishes and appetizers) and drinks.

Odori,Susukino,Maruyama,

near the base of Mt.Moiwa,Yamahana area,etc.

Soseigawa Park Thank You Festival September 5(Fri) - 7(Sun) Organizations and restaurants from the Soseigawa area will participate as unique venders at the event .  Soseigawa Park Tanuki 2-jo Hiroba area
Dai-Don-Den!  September 5(Fri) - 7(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.
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2014 September 12(Fri) - 28(Sun) Focusing on cuisine that represent Hokkaido and Sapporo, ingredients in season and popular local food will gather from all over Hokkaido. This is a large event where over a million attendees visit each year. Odori Park
Ashiricheppunomi (ceremony of receiving the first salmon) September 14(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)
Moerenuma Fireworks 2014 September 20(Sat) (tentative) A firework show that began in 2012. Seats are limited, therefore guests have to reserve an entrance ticket in advance.  Moerenuma Park
Sapporo Okadama Airport Fest 2014 September 21(Sun) A lot of airport-related events will be held, such as exhibitions of helicopters and gliders, competitions of paper airplanes, photo sessions of kids in uniforms, workshops for kids (ex. Craft workshop,  story-telling session of picture books) and tours of exploring the secret of airports and airplanes. Sapporo Okadama Airport

October

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 39th Sapporo Marathon October 5(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
The 9th Sapporo International Short Film Festival October 8(Wed) - 13(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 w Sapporo Plaza 2.5, etc.
2014 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Fri) - November 3(Mon) 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
2014 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Fri) - November 3(Mon) 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
2014 Sapporo Art Stage

November 8(Sat) - December 7(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 34rd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 21(Fri) - December 25(Thu)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 21(Fri) - February 11(Wed)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 21(Fri) - February 14(Sat)

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 28(Fri) - December 24(Wed)

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
2014 Sapporo Art Stage

November 8(Sat) - December 7(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 34rd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 21(Fri) - December 25(Thu)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 21(Fri) - February 11(Wed)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 21(Fri) - February 14(Sat)

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 28(Fri) - December 24(Wed)

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 34rd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 21(Fri) - December 25(Thu)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 21(Fri) - February 11(Wed)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 21(Fri) - February 14(Sat)

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
Jozankei Mountain Party

January 16(Fri) - 25(Sun), 2015

The event easily playing with snow such as a tube slip and snow rafting, and enjoy the warm food seems to Hokkaido such as ice bar and barbecue in the field. 

 Mikasa Ryokuchi Park-Golf and Ski Park, Hokkaido Barbarians ground 
Sapporo Theater Season 2015 - Winter

January 17(Sat) - February 14(Sat), 2015

Theatrical performances that have been performed in Sapporo in the past and received great ratings will be called back to have additional shows during this one-month long festival. These performances are also reccomended for those that have not seen live  Theaters within Sapporo

 

February

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 34rd Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 21(Fri) - December 25(Thu)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 21(Fri) - February 11(Wed)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 21(Fri) - February 14(Sat)

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
Sapporo Theater Season 2015 - Winter

January 17(Sat) - February 14(Sat), 2015

Theatrical performances that have been performed in Sapporo in the past and received great ratings will be called back to have additional shows during this one-month long festival. These performances are also reccomended for those that have not seen live  Theaters within Sapporo
The 35th Sapporo International Ski Marathon February 1(Sun), 2015 A marathon with many events such as ski marathons and cross country skiing for all age groups. Around the Sapporo Dome
The 66th Sapporo Snow Festival February 5(Thu) - 11(Wed), 2015 In the greatest winter event known to the world, 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
Jozankei Onsen Snow Light Path 2015 February 2(Mon) - 8(Sun), 2015 Lights from the 2,000 snow lanterns displayed around the shrine create a fantastical and Japanesque winter atmosphere. At the venue, there will be "flames of wishes" where visitors light a flame praying for their wishes to come true this year, and charact Jozankei Shrine
The 46th Snow & Rainbow Festival February 5(Thu), 2015 During the festival, the Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort will offer fun attractions such as free rides on the lift (16:00-21:00), Amazake (hot sweet rice drink) tasting, a fireworks show and a fire parade (starting at 19:00).
Visitors can also see a great vi
Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort

March 

Event Date(s) Outline Place
World Women's Curling Championship 2015 in Sapporo March 14(Sat) - 22(Sun), 2015 Teams from from 12 countries and regions will compete in this elite curling tournament a give spectators the opportunity to watch top-level matches.    Tsukisamu Gymnasium and the Hokkaido Bank Curling Stadium