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Update:December 18, 2015

Event Calendar2015-2016

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

April

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 29th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 18(Sat) - May 17(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 2015 April 29(Wed) - May 17(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

May

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 29th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 18(Sat) - May 17(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 2015

April 29(Wed) - May 17(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 57th Sapporo Lilac Festival

Odori Park venue: May 20(Wed)~31(Sun)

Kawashimo Park venue: May 30(Sat)-31(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 38th Walk Hokkaido May 24(Sun) A 10-kilometer walk starting at Makomanai junior high school and ending at the Makomanai Country Club.
※This event was a 33-kilometer walk starting in Makomanai and ending at Lake Shikotsu until last year. However, only a 10-kilometer walk is held this year since some parts of the road got damaged by the heavy rain on 11th September 2014.
From Makomanai Middle School to Makomanai Country Club
Mt. Moiwa Day May 30(Sat)-June 1(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 57th Sapporo Lilac Festival

Odori Park venue: May 20(Wed)~31(Sun)

Kawashimo Park venue: May 30(Sat)-31(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
Mt. Moiwa Day May 30(Sat)-June 1(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 24th YOSAKOI Soran Festival June 10(Wed) - 14(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(Sun) - 16(Tue) 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
SAPPORO Flower Carpet 2015 June 27(Sat) - 28(Sun)

A participatory event to create a “Flower Carpet” in the Kita3-jo open space using flowers and natural materials from Hokkaido.

SAPPORO Kita3-jo Hiroba
2015 Flowerfest Sapporo June 27(Sat) - July5(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
2015 Flowerfest Sapporo June 27(Sat) - July5(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
4th Avenue Festival 2015 July 4(Sat) - 5(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)
Sapporo City Jazz 2015 July 9(Thu) - August 29(Sat) 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.
The 41st Sapporo Music Festival July 12(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)
PMF (Pacific Music Festival) 2015 July 12(Sun) - August 4(Tue) 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.
The 6th Susukino Omotenashi En-ichi July 16(Thu) - 18(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)
Jozankei JAZZ TOWN July 16(Thu) - 20(Mon) 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
Culture Night 2015 July 17(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
Hokkaido Makomanai Fireworks Display July 19(Sun) 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 62nd Sapporo Summer Festival July 22(Wed) -August  20(Thu) Enjoy the summertime with Japan's largest Beer Garden at over 13,000 seats, traditional North Sea Bon Festival Dance performances, and many more events.
※Beer Garden is up to August 16(Sun) .
Odori Park
The 62nd Tanuki Festival July 22(Wed) -August  20(Thu) 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

SAPPORO CITY JAZZ in SUSUKINO

"Susukino Music Festival"
July 24(Fri) - 25(Sat) An event featuring live musical performances, etc. Sapporo Ekimae-dori (Minami 4-jo - Minami 5-jo)
Sapporo Theater Season 2015 - Summer July 25(Sat) -August  23(Sun) 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
The 12th Sapporo Mayor's Cup Araiyama Junior Ski Jump Festival July 27(Tue)

Spectators will be able to watch elementary and middle school athletes compete in this summer ski jump competition.

Araiyama Ski Jump Ground
2015 Hokkaido Shimbun/UHB Fireworks July 31(Fri) A firework show featuring around 4,000 fireworks including starmines and bottle rockets. Between Toyohira-kawa Minami-ohashi Bridge and Horohira Bridge

August

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Sapporo City Jazz 2015 July 9(Thu) - August 29(Sat) 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) 2015 July 12(Sun) - August 4(Tue) 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.
The 62nd Sapporo Summer Festival July 22(Wed) -August  20(Thu)

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 62nd Tanuki Festival July 22(Wed) -August  20(Thu) 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
Sapporo Theater Season 2015 - Summer July 25(Sat) -August  23(Sun)
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
The 33rd Miyanomori Summer Ski Jumping Festival Early-August 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 16th Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Festival Early-August 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
The 51st Susukino Festival August 6(Thu) - 8(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
Toro-Nagashi (the Floating of Lanterns) August 15 (Sat) An annual event held on August 15th. Kamokamo River by the Gokoku Shrine
Sapporo Tapas 2015 August 29(Sat) - September 3(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.
2015 Hokkaido Marathon August 30(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

September

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Sapporo Tapas 2015 August 29(Sat) - September 3(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 4(Fri) -  6(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(Sat) -  6(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.

Moerenuma Fireworks 2015

September 5(Sat) A firework show that began in 2012. Seats are limited, therefore guests have to reserve an entrance ticket in advance. Moerenuma Park
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2015 September 11(Fri) - October 4(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 two million attendees visit last year. Odori Park
Ashiricheppunomi (ceremony of receiving the first salmon) September 13(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)
Sapporo Okadama Airport Fest 2015 September 13(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 40th Sapporo Marathon

October 4(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 10th Sapporo International Short Film Festival October 7(Wed) - 12(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.
2015 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Sat) -  November 3(Tue) 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
2015 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival October 31(Sat) - November 3(Tue) 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
2015 Sapporo Art Stage

November 7(Sat) - December 6(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 35th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 20(Fri) - December 25(Fri)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 20(Fri) - February 11(Thu)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 20(Fri) - March 14(Mon)

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 27(Fri) - December 24(Thu)

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
2015 Sapporo Art Stage

November 7(Sat) - December 6(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 35th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 20(Fri) - December 25(Fri)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 20(Fri) - February 11(Thu)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 20(Fri) - March 14(Mon)

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 27(Fri) - December 24(Thu)

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 35th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 20(Fri) - December 25(Fri)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 20(Fri) - February 11(Thu)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 20(Fri) - March 14(Mon)

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 15(Fri) - 24(Sun), 2016

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

 Mikasa Ryokuchi Park-Golf and Ski Park, Hokkaido Barbarians ground 
Sapporo Theater Season 2016 - Winter

January 23(Sat) -  February 20(Sat), 2016

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 35th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 20(Fri) - December 25(Fri)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 20(Fri) - February 11(Thu)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 20(Fri) - March 14(Mon)

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 2016 - Winter

January 23(Sat) - February 20(Sat), 2016

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

Jozankei Onsen Snow Light Path 2016

February 8(Mon) - 12(Fri), 2016 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 67th Sapporo Snow Festival

Odori Park, Susukino :

February 5(Fri) - 11(Thu), 2016

Community Dome "Tsu-dome": February 5(Fri) - 18(Thu), 2016

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
The 36th Sapporo International Ski Marathon February 7(Sun), 2016 A marathon with many events such as ski marathons and cross country skiing for all age groups. Around the Sapporo Dome

The 47th Snow & Rainbow Festival

February10(Wed), 2016 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 view.
Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort

March

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 35th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue:

November 20(Fri) - December 25(Fri)

Sapporo Ekimae-dorivenue:

November 20(Fri) - February 11(Thu)

Minami 1jo-dori venue:

November 20(Fri) - March 14(Mon)

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