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Update:December 5, 2016

Event Calendar2016-2017

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

April

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 30th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 15(Fri) - May 8(Sun) A spring event in the Jozankei Onsen area, when about 400 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream. Over the Toyohira River in Jozankei
Hiraoka Park Ume Festival 2016 April 29(Fri) - May 15(Sun) Hiraoka Park, known for its ume (plum blossoms) holds this festival when the flowers bloom. Various goods relevant to ume will be sold at special stores too. Ume grove area of Hiaraoka Park

May

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 30th Jozankei Keiryu Koinobori April 15(Fri) - May 8(Sun) A spring event in the Jozankei Onsen area, when about 400 carp streamers are hoisted above the nearby stream. Over the Toyohira River in Jozankei
Hiraoka Park Ume Festival 2016

April 29(Fri) - May 15(Sun)

Hiraoka Park, known for its ume (plum blossoms) holds this festival when the flowers bloom. Various goods relevant to ume will be sold at special stores too. Ume grove area of Hiaraoka Park
Sapporo Ramen Show 2016  

Stage One:

May 17 (Tue)-22 (Sun)

Stage Two:

May 24 (Tue)- 29 (Sun)

The booths of 20 nationally famous ramen shops gather in Sapporo. Odori Park
The 58th Sapporo Lilac Festival

Odori Park venue: May 18(Wed)~29(Sun)

Kawashimo Park venue: May 28(Sat)-29(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 39th Walk Hokkaido May 29(Sun) A 10-kilometer walk starting in Makomanai junior high school and ending in Makomanai Country Club. From Makomanai Middle School to Makomanai Country Club
Mt. Moiwa Day May 28(Sat)-  31(Tue) Various events are held in the days leading up to May 31st and on that day itself, to commemarate the mountain being 531 meters tall. The fees for the ropeway are also discounted during this period. Mt. Moiwa

June

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Jozankei Nature Luminarie June 1(Wed) -  October 31(Mon)

In honor of Jozankei Onsen's 150th anniversary, the surrounding forests are illuminated with lights - giving birth to a soft and sensual atmosphere. The event takes place from sundown to 9:30pm every day.
※Last entry 9pm.

Jozankei Futami Park, etc.
Sapporo Tapas 2016 June 4(Sat) - 9(Thu) "Bono Tapas" tickets can be used at participating restaurants and bars throughout Sapporo during this period.  Enjoy a sample of these stores' distinctive tapas (appetizers and mini dishes) and drinks. Odori,Susukino,Maruyama,near the base of Mt.Moiwa,Yamahana area,etc.
The 25th YOSAKOI Soran Festival June 8(Wed) - 12(Sun) A dynamic dance festival where about 300 teams from throughout Japan and 30,000 participants dance to the intense rhythm. Spectators can jump in and freely participate in the Waodori Soran dance. Odori Park, etc.
The Annual Hokkaido Shrine Festival June 14(Tue) - 16(Thu) 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 2016 June 17(Fri) - 19(Sun)

A participatory event where people work together to create a large Flower Carpet in the Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza. Flowers are mainly used along with other natural materials found in Hokkaido.

SAPPORO Kita3-jo Hiroba
2016 Flowerfest Sapporo June 25(Sat) - July 3(Sun) A two-day event for visitors to leisurely enjoy what the 4th Avenue shopping street has to offer. The Sapporo Ekimae Avenue's scramble intersection will be lively with stage performances and festival booths will also line the roads (which will be temporarily blocked off to traffic). Sapporo Ekimae Avenue (From South Odori to South 4-jo, streets to be blocked off to traffic)

 July

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Jozankei Nature Luminarie June 1(Wed) -  October 31(Mon)

In honor of Jozankei Onsen's 150th anniversary, the surrounding forests are illuminated with lights - giving birth to a soft and sensual atmosphere. The event takes place from sundown to 9:30pm every day.
※Last entry 9pm.

Jozankei Futami Park, etc.
2016 Flowerfest Sapporo June 25(Sat) - July 3(Sun) A two-day event for visitors to leisurely enjoy what the 4th Avenue shopping street has to offer. The Sapporo Ekimae Avenue's scramble intersection will be lively with stage performances and festival booths will also line the roads (which will be temporarily blocked off to traffic). Odori Park
4th Avenue Festival 2016 July 2(Sat) - 3(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)
Dai-Don-Den! in Summer July 2(Sat) - 3(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 Avenue, etc.
Sapporo City Jazz 2016 July 9(Sat) - August 6(Sat) With Odori Park 2-chome as the main venue, Sapporo City Jazz brings together professional musicians from Japan and abroad to present dynamic performances every day. Throughout the city, there are also many casual events featuring both professional and amateur bands performing their best jazz at various venues. Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
The 42nd Sapporo Music Festival July 9(Sat) 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) 2016 July 16(Sat) - August 9(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.
Sapporo Theater Season 2016 - Summer July 16(Sat) - August 20(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 theater. Theaters within Sapporo
Hokkaido Makomanai Fireworks Display July 17(Sun) A spectacular fireworks show where 22,000 fireworks, lights and fire are synchronised 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 63rd Sapporo Summer Festival July 20(Wed) - August 17(Wed) Enjoy summertime with Japan's largest Beer Garden - at over 13,000 seats -, traditional Hokkai Bon Festival Dance performances, and many more events.
※The Beer Garden ends on August 15 (Mon)
Odori Park
The 63rd Tanuki Festival July 20(Wed) - August 17(Wed) Happening together with the Sapporo Summer Festival, the Tanuki Festival in Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade celebrates the long-running stores of the area. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
The 7th Susukino Omotenashi En-ichi July 21(Thu) - 23(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 2016 July 22(Fri) Culture Night offers a great opportunity for a valuable cultural experience at various cultural institutions that will be open for longer than their usual operating times. Various facilities within Sapporo
2016 Hokkaido Shimbun/UHB Fireworks July 29(Fri) A fireworks show featuring close to 4,000 fireworks including starmines and bottle rockets. Between Toyohira-kawa Minami-ohashi Bridge and Horohira Bridge
Jozankei JAZZ TOWN 2016 July 29(Fri) - 31(Sun) With the theme of "a midsummer onsen town" as stage, this event features free, high quality outdoor live jazz performances by both amateur and professional jazz groups from Hokkaido. Jozankei Shrine
The 34th Miyanomori Summer Ski Jumping Festival Late-July 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 17th Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Festival Late-July 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

August

Event Date(s) Outline Place
Jozankei Nature Luminarie June 1(Wed) -  October 31(Mon)

In honor of Jozankei Onsen's 150th anniversary, the surrounding forests are illuminated with lights - giving birth to a soft and sensual atmosphere. The event takes place from sundown to 9:30pm every day.
※Last entry 9pm.

Jozankei Futami Park, etc.
Sapporo City Jazz 2016 July 9(Sat) - August 6(Sat) With Odori Park 2-chome as the main venue, Sapporo City Jazz brings together professional musicians from Japan and abroad to present dynamic performances every day. Throughout the city, there are also many casual events featuring both professional and amateur bands performing their best jazz at various venues. Odori Park and the Sapporo Art Park, etc.
PMF (Pacific Music Festival) 2016 July 16(Sat) - August 9(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.
Sapporo Theater Season 2016 - Summer July 16(Sat) - August 20(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 theater. Theaters within Sapporo
The 63rd Sapporo Summer Festival July 20(Wed) - August 17(Wed)

Enjoy summertime with Japan's largest Beer Garden - at over 13,000 seats -, traditional Hokkai Bon Festival Dance performances, and many more events.
※The Beer Garden ends on August 15 (Mon)

Odori Park
The 63rd Tanuki Festival July 20(Wed) - August 17(Wed) Happening together with the Sapporo Summer Festival, the Tanuki Festival in Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade celebrates the long-running stores of the area. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
The 13th Sapporo Mayor's Cup Araiyama Junior Ski Jump Festival August 2(Tue)

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

Araiyama Ski Jump Ground
The 52nd Susukino Festival August 4(Thu) - 6(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 34th Miyanomori Summer Ski Jumping Festival August 6(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 17th Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Festival August 7(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 (Mon) This annual event held on August 15th is a Japanese ceremony to symbolize the dead returning to the afterlife. It involves floating paper lanterns in a river at the end of the Obon period. Kamokamo River by the Gokoku Shrine
2016 Hokkaido Marathon August 28(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
Jozankei Nature Luminarie June 1(Wed) -  October 31(Mon)

In honor of Jozankei Onsen's 150th anniversary, the surrounding forests are illuminated with lights - giving birth to a soft and sensual atmosphere. The event takes place from sundown to 9:30pm every day.
※Last entry 9pm.

Jozankei Futami Park, etc.
Soseigawa Park Thank You Festival September 2(Fri) -  4(Sun) Organizations and restaurants from the Soseigawa area will participate as unique vendors at the event. Soseigawa Park Tanuki 2-jo Plaza area
Dai-Don-Den!  September 3(Sat) - 4(Sun) An area of the Sapporo Ekimae Avenue will be a vehicle-free zone with street performances, art, and musical performances of many genres. Sapporo Ekimae Avenue, etc.
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2016 September 9(Fri)- October 1 (Sat) A mega event where numerous food stalls are set up, spanning nearly all the avenues of Odori Park. The dishes sold are representative of Hokkaido and Sapporo in addition to having a particular emphasis on ingredients in season and popular local foods. Over two million visitors were recorded last year. Odori Park

Moerenuma Fireworks 2016

September 10(Sat) An annual fireworks show that first started in 2012. As there are limited seats available, entrance tickets to the show have to be reserved in advance. Moerenuma Park
Sapporo Okadama Airport Fest 2016 September 11(Sun) Learn more about the aviation industry and airports on this day. There will be exhibitions of helicopters and gliders, paper airplane competitions, photo sessions for kids to try on uniforms, workshops for kids (e.g. craft workshops, story-telling sessions etc) and even tours to explore the secrets of airports and airplanes. Sapporo Okadama Airport
Kamokamo River Nostalgia

September30(Fri) -

October 2(Sun)

Kamokamo River Nostalgia is an event that showcases Japanese culture under the concept of enjoying a day in the temple town of Susukino. Shinzenkouji Temple, Higashi Honganji Temple,Nakajima Park

October

Event Date(s) Outline Place

Jozankei Nature Luminarie

June 1(Wed) -  October 31(Mon)

In honor of Jozankei Onsen's 150th anniversary, the surrounding forests are illuminated with lights - giving birth to a soft and sensual atmosphere. The event takes place from sundown to 9:30pm every day.
※Last entry 9pm.

Jozankei Futami Park, etc.
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2016 September 9(Fri)- October 1 (Sat) A mega event where numerous food stalls are set up, spanning nearly all the avenues of Odori Park. The dishes sold are representative of Hokkaido and Sapporo in addition to having a particular emphasis on ingredients in season and popular local foods. Over two million visitors were recorded last year. Odori Park
Kamokamo River Nostalgia

September30(Fri) -

October 2(Sun)

Kamokamo River Nostalgia is an event that showcases Japanese culture under the concept of enjoying a day in the temple town of Susukino. Shinzenkouji Temple, Higashi Honganji Temple,Nakajima Park

The 41th Sapporo Marathon

October 2(Sun) A marathon targeted at citizens of all age groups by providing participants with a variety of courses ranging from a half marathon, a 10-kilometer course, a 5-kilometer wheelchair course, and fun pair-courses of 3-kilometers or 2-kilometers and so on. Start from Makomanai Sekisui Heim Stadium
The 11th Sapporo International Short Film Festival October 10(Mon) - 16(Sun) One of the largest international short film festivals in Japan where films from all over the world are screened during this period. Each program is about a 90 minute segment and contains between 5-8 short films. Short-film markets and seminars are also held in conjuction with the screenings. Sapporo Plaza 2.5, etc.

November

Event Date(s) Outline Place
2016 Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival

November 1(Tue)- December 3(Thu)

From large to cascade chrysanthemums, state-of-the-art flower arrangements created by chrysanthemum fans from all over Hokkaido will be prominently displayed in the Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway. Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway
2016 Sapporo Art Stage

November 5(Sat)- December 4(Sun)

During this month-long art and culture campaign in Sapporo, enjoy various live theater and musical performances throughout the city. Throughout the city
The 36th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue: November 18(Fri)-December 25(Sun)Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 18(Fri)- February 12(Sun)
Minami 1jo-dori venues: late-November 18(Fri)-March 14(Tue)

The trees around Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Avenue and South1-jo Avenue are decorated with lights, creating brillant works of art livening up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
German Christmas Market in Sapporo

November 25(Fri) - December 24(Sat)

Experience an authentic German Christmas market that is set up annually in Odori Park in celebration of Sapporo's sister city relationship with Munich. There are various booths selling a wide variety of Christmas ornaments, and also German beer, wine, sausages and other regional delicacies too. Odori Park 2-chome

December

Event Date(s) Outline Place
2016 Sapporo Art Stage

November 5(Sat)- December 4(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 36th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue: November 18(Fri)-December 25(Sun)Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 18(Fri)- February 12(Sun)
Minami 1jo-dori venues: late-November 18(Fri)-March 14(Tue)

The trees around Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Avenue and South1-jo Avenue are decorated with lights, creating brillant works of art livening up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
German Christmas Market in Sapporo

November 25(Fri)- December 24(Sat)

Experience an authentic German Christmas market that is set up annually in Odori Park in celebration of Sapporo's sister city relationship with Munich. There are various booths selling a wide variety of Christmas ornaments, and also German beer, wine, sausages and other regional delicacies too. Odori Park 2-chome

January

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 36th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue: November 18(Fri)-December 25(Sun)Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 18(Fri)- February 12(Sun)
Minami 1jo-dori venues: late-November 18(Fri)-March 14(Tue)

The trees around Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Avenue and South1-jo Avenue are decorated with lights, creating brillant works of art livening up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
Jozankei Mountain Party

January 13(Fri) - 15(San), 21(Sat),22(San) 2017

A simple event for everyone to enjoy partaking in snow activities such as tube sledding and snow rafting. On top of that, one can also choose to experience a Hokkaido-style barbecue outdoors or in igloos to enrich the adventure.

 Hakkenzan orchard
Sapporo Theater Season 2017 - Winter

January 28(Sat) - February 25(Sat), 2017

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 theater before. Theaters within Sapporo

 

February

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 36th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue: November 18(Fri)-December 25(Sun)Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 18(Fri)- February 12(Sun)
Minami 1jo-dori venues: late-November 18(Fri)-March 14(Tue)

The trees around Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Avenue and South1-jo Avenue are decorated with lights, creating brillant works of art livening up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori
Sapporo Theater Season 2017 - Winter

January 28(Sat) - February 25(Sat), 2017

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 theater before. Theaters within Sapporo
Jozankei Onsen Snow Light Path 2017 February 1(Wed) - 5(Sun), 2017 Lights from the 2,000 snow lanterns displayed around the shrine create a fantastical and Japanesque winter atmosphere. At the venue, there will be a "flames of wishes" area where visitors can light a flame praying for their wishes to come true this year. A special corner is also set up selling Kappon merchandise (the PR character for the onsen). Jozankei Shrine
The 68th Sapporo Snow Festival

Odori Park venue;Susukino:February 6(Mon) - 12(Sun), 2017
Tsudome: February 1(Wed) - 12(Sun), 2017

An internationally well-known event, the Snow Festival features around 200 snow and ice statues in the Odori Park, Susukino and Tsudome 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 37th Sapporo International Ski Marathon February 5(Sun), 2017 An event featuring various ski marathons and cross country skiing catering to all age groups. Around the Sapporo Dome

The 48th Snow & Rainbow Festival

February9(THU), 2017 During the festival, the Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort will offer fun attractions such as free lift rides (4pm-9pm), Amazake (hot sweet rice wine drink) tasting, a fireworks show and a fire parade (starting at 7pm).
Visitors can also experience the fireworks from the observation deck accessible by the ropeway.
Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort

March

Event Date(s) Outline Place
The 36th Sapporo White Illumination

Odori Park venue: November 18(Fri)-December 25(Sun)Sapporo Ekimae-dori: November 18(Fri)- February 12(Sun)
Minami 1jo-dori venues: late-November 18(Fri)-March 14(Tue)

The trees around Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Avenue and South1-jo Avenue are decorated with lights, creating brillant works of art livening up the entire area. Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Minami 1jo-dori