Event List in Osaka This Weekend (July 29 and 30, 2023)
The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this weekend in Osaka
Are you searching for things to do this weekend in Osaka? Well, this is the article for you.
Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, has many events going on all the time. So many things are happening simultaneously, that you might overlook an event you would be interested in. Art exhibitions, musical concerts, sporting events, seasonal food events, cultural events, etc… What we hope this article does is to avoid that you from overlooking an event that may interest you.
In this article, I will share 10 of the most talked about events happening this weekend in Osaka. If you live in Osaka and have some free time, or if you happen to be visiting Osaka during this week, then I hope at least one of these events will interest you to check it out.
The culture surrounding Summer in Japan
Before we go to the list of events this weekend, let me share with you a little trivia regarding Summer in Japan.
As is the case in many other countries, Summer is the time of the year when there are most activities and events, especially outdoor ones. In Japan, Summer festivals are held in many different formats such as traditional Matsuri, Fireworks festivals, music festivals, etc. And Osaka is no exception to this.
One thing you should keep in mind though is that the first two months of Summer are the rainy season. Most significant events will be held after that rainy season which would be around mid-July to August.
When it comes to Japanese traditional events, there is Marine Day (海の日) and Japanese Summer Star Festival (七夕) in July, Mountain Day (山の日) in August, and Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日) in September. Other than this, Obon (お盆) takes place in either mid-August or July. Obon is the Buddhist festival to welcome the spirits of your ancestors, one of Japan’s most important holidays.
Here are some articles about things to do during Summer in Japan.
Ok, now that you know a little bit about Summer-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Osaka this weekend (July 29 & 30, 2023).
1. Sunflower Festival
Event Period: July 29 to August 20, 2023
Location: Natural and Cultural Garden Tulip Garden
Official Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/59155/
|Access||2 minutes walk from Bampakukinenkoen Station.|
2. Expo Summer Festival 2023
Event Period: July 28 to August 28, 2023
Location: Natural and Cultural Gardens Sun Square, Festival Square, Higashioji, Shimono Square, etc.
Official Website: https://banpakunatsumatsuri.jp/
3. The 17th Umeda Tanabata Festival
Event Period: June 2 to August 8, 2023
Location: Umeda Sky Building
Official Website: https://www.skybldg.co.jp/new/2269.html
|Access||9 minutes walk from Osaka Station.|
4. Shinsaibashi Zombie Horror House (Mr. P’s Collection of Curses)
Event Period: July 14 to September 3, 2023
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F PARCO GALLERY
Official Website: https://shinsaibashi.parco.jp/page/zombie-house/
|Access||1 minute from Shinsaibashi Station.|
5. Sakura Circus Osaka Castle Summer
Event Period: July 1 to September 3, 2023
Location: Osaka Castle Park Sun Square
Official Website: https://sakuracircus-osaka.com/
|Access||17 minutes walk from Osakajokoen Station.|
6. Sumiyoshi Festival
Event Period: July 30 to August 1, 2023
Location: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Official Website: https://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/events/special.html#anchor02
|Access||15 minutes by BUS from Shin-Imamiya Ekimae to Sumiyoshitoriimae.|
7. The Boon Waterland
Event Period: July 15 to September 3, 2023
Location: Hirakata Park
Official Website: https://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/theboon/
|Access||5 minutes by Bus from Hirakata Koen Eki Mae to Kikugaoka then walk to Hirakata Park.|
8. Immersive Museum OSAKA
Event Period: June 17 to September 6, 2023
Location: Dojima River Forum (Osaka)
Official Website: https://immersive-museum-osaka.jp/
|Access||4 minutes walk from Fukushima Station.|
9. Mediterranean Gourmet & Mysterious Beer Garden
Event Period: July 1 to August 27, 2023
Location: Art Grace Wedding Coast
|Access||8 minutes walk from Cosmosquare Station.|
10. Korean Buffet
Event Period: July 1 to August 31, 2023
Location: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel 19F live kitchen “COOKA”
|Access||2 minutes walk from Tennoji Station.|
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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Osaka this weekend. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition, and other event happening in Osaka, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Osaka.
There’s also an article about events in Osaka during the week. Check out the link below!
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