Pensacola Bon Fest 2015

Pensacola Bon Fest 2015

The Pensacola Bon Fest is an annual event from the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida. It is a small event (free to the public) that includes music, dancing, and food.

Venue:✩✩✩ (3/5)

Entertainment: ✩✩✩✩ (4/5)

Visitor Information: ✩✩ (2/5)

Value for the Money: ✩✩✩✩✩ (5/5)

Pros:

The event is free! There is food and drinks available for a nominal fee, as well as a silent action for Japanese terms.

This is a very small event, with a strong emphasis on children and participation. If you have young ones, they will enjoy themselves with a dance contest and drumming. The world famous Matsuriza Taiko Drummers have been there each year, providing fantastic entertainment.

Cons:

The venue is small, but adequate. Parking can be a chore, and it may be difficult to find (my GPS lead me astray). Aside from the drumming, there isn’t any real entertainment, so it can be a one trick pony of sorts.

The event website never updated for 2015, so it can require a little digging to ensure the right information.

Recommendations:

It is FREE! Take a couple of hours, see some cool drumming, some adorable kids in costumes, and get out of the house! Be sure to bring some cash and arrive early for snacking.

Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida

Matsuriza Drummers Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers
Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers
Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers
Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers - Teaching the next generation Photo by Jeff
Matsuriza Drummers – Teaching the next generation
Photo by Jeff

 

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