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I hope this post can be used for all of the Tokyo locals to keep track of what's happening in Yoyogi for the festival season. Here is a schedule I found today, I hope it gets updated but if not I'll check some other sites and try to update this thread myself.

http://gmap.jp/shop-6394.html

May 16-17 Thai Festival : http://www.thaifestival.net/

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  1. Thanks, it's really hard to keep track of what's going on in that park. You'd think Shibuya-ku would have a website, but apparently not.

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    1. re: Robb S

      I think half of what goes on in that park, Shibuya-ku would rather not advertise!

    2. Hibiya Park isn't Yoyogi, but it's still Oktoberfest!
      5/22 to 5/31
      http://www.nihon-oktoberfest.com/spot...

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      1. re: lost squirrel

        The next upcoming festival isn't food related, but I'm sure there will be some interesting sights and perhaps interestingly shaped food like at the Kanamara-matsuri

        5/23
        http://www.tokyo-pride.org/festival/

        1. re: lost squirrel

          6/6 - 6/7
          EcoLife Fair: http://www.ecolife2009.com/

          6/13-6/14
          Bangladesh Festival: http://www.bangladeshjapanfestival.com/

          1. re: lost squirrel

            Finally, the festivals are starting up again.

            8/15-8/16
            Indonesia Festival in Yoyogi Park
            10am - 8pm

            I'll be there on the 15th to stuff myself full of nasi goreng.

            1. re: lost squirrel

              Finally, the festivals are starting up again.

              8/15-8/16
              Indonesia Festival in Yoyogi Park
              10am - 8pm

              I'll be there on the 15th to stuff myself full of nasi goreng.

              1. re: lost squirrel

                Not food related, but there is a B-boy festival this weekend.

                B-Boy Park 2009
                Annual hip-hop and break dancing festival featuring two days of music, live performances and dance battles. Aug 22-23, free. Yoyogi Park. www.bboypark.com

                1. re: lost squirrel

                  September 5-6:

                  Yoyogi Park - Festival Brasil http://www.festivalbrasil.jp/

                  Yokohama - Yokohama Festa http://www.yokohama-festa.org/

                  1. re: lost squirrel

                    Doh, I just replied to a thread last year. Apologies.

                  2. re: lost squirrel

                    I went to this last year, it was great. Some really good performances, culminating with elimination playoffs. The crowd is VERY young, but its a fun time none the less.

          2. It looks like the season is in full swing:

            09/12-09/13 Sri Lanka festival
            09/19-09/20 Vietnam festival
            09/26-09/27 Namaste India
            10/02-10/04 Hokkaido Fair
            10/10-10/12 Kyushu Travel Fair
            10/17-10/18 Veggie Food Festa 2009

            http://tigerfestival.blogspot.com/

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            1. re: Robb S

              Here's the website for this weekend's festival
              www.lankaembassy.jp

            2. The 2010 festival season is on us.

              Coming on the heels of GW is the One Love Jamaican festival on May 8th and 9th.

              The following weekend of the 15th and 16th is the Thai Festival.

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              1. re: lost squirrel

                The next weekend of the 22nd and 23rd is the Laos Festival. Yay!

                1. re: lost squirrel

                  Mongol fest at hikarigaoka koen May 2 and 3

                  1. re: steamer

                    Really? That's one I've never been to. How is it?

                    1. re: lost squirrel

                      I really like it, it is a little slow paced, but lots of Mongolian food like Khuushuur and buuz, they had some airag last time. good folk music, and some of the top pop stars from Ulaanbaatar show up, the sumo guys show up and there is Mongolian wrestling,. all in all good fun and somehow the weather is always good. It is well attended but not crazy crowded like the Thai fest, etc.

                      http://www.harumatsuri.net/2010/index...

                      1. re: steamer

                        Cool, I think I'll give it a try tomorrow. Do you think we'll be able to get food around 4:45 or 5pm Sunday?
                        I'm concerned that everything will be shut down.

                        1. re: lost squirrel

                          I think they close down fairly promptly, also the climactic and guaranteed to blow your mind Mongol pops performance is supposed to start at 16:30

                          1. re: steamer

                            Gotcha, thanks.
                            I guess I'll leave the lady squirrel at home and head there solo.

                            1. re: lost squirrel

                              I'm going on Monday, let us know how things turned out.

                              1. re: steamer

                                Not bad, some interesting singing and dancing. Some slightly floral milk based clear liquor, cow shochu?

                                Lamb skewers, lamb stew, ボーズ dumplings, some chinese style large flat dumplings that were ok but I much preferred the more chinese style that you can get in Ueno or Asakusa at the matsuri stalls.

                                1. re: lost squirrel

                                  Went Monday, it was really crowded, food stalls were split between Chinese-Mongolians and Mongolians, asked some Mongolian guys where the best Khuushuur were and they pointed me in the right direction. The folk music was not up to the usual standard, but had a good time and attended the pop concert afterward, which was very good.

              2. Namaste India festival this weekend, with elephants! http://www.indofestival.com

                Hokkaido Fair next weekend (Oct 1-3): http://www.hokkaido-fair.com

                Kyushu Fair Oct 9-11: http://www.welcomekyushu.jp/fair/2010/

                (All in Yoyogi Park)