So. Calif. Japanese Obon Festivals
Japanese Americans all across the land from New York to Los Angeles will celebrate the ancient Buddhist Obon festival in the coming weeks with joyous folk dancing, religious observances and traditional Japanese foods in what is the most authentic cultural event remaining in Japanese America.
These festivals feature unpretentious Japanese American comfort food---udon, maki/inari/chirashi sushi, chicken and beef teriyaki right off the grill, steamed corn on the cob, yakisoba, Okinawan dango, botamochi, nikuman, shaved ice in every artificlal color of the rainbow including azuki and ujicha
You don't have to be Buddhist or Japanese or a Chowhounder to dance and honor the spirit of those who have passed during the year.
Here's a pretty inclusive schedule of Obon Festivals: http://obon2009.notlong.com/