Date(s) - 08/18/2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
S. San Pedro St. and Central Ave.
Free; some activities may have a fee.
times vary Aug. 10-11, 17-18. For the 79th Nisei Week will pack Downtown L.A.’s Little Toyota neighborhood with two big weekends that celebrate Japanese culture. The opening weekend holds the Tanabata Festival, which offers martial arts demonstrations, live performances and cultural exhibits such as cultural exhibits such as bonsai, calligraphy, and Ikebana. Join Aki the Akita and pals for a Aki’s Pup Up Party on Sunday the 11th, which also features The Grand Parade (with taiko drums, Haneto dancers and a Nebuta float) starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 17’s festivities starts with the Rubik’s Cube Open (8 a.m.), while hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut and YouTube sensation Matt Stonie will compete in the World Gyoza Eating Championship (2 p.m.) on Aug. 17. The traditional Ondo street dance and closing ceremony commences at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18. Check the website for complete festival event and location information.