Events in Sapporo
Here's a selection of interesting events to attend while in Sapporo. We have picked one for every season!
The Autumn Festival (September - October)
The Autumn Festival is a gastronomic event that takes place for nearly 1 month at Odori Park and other venues. Locals like to celebrate the arrival of the autumn by treating themselves to regional dishes, sake, and locally produced wines.
The Snow Festival (February)
The Snow Festival has been celebrated for nearly 70 years and is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in the city. During February, Odori Park displays dozens of impressive ice and snow sculptures that stretch for over 1 mile. Make sure to visit at night, when the statues are lit up. You can also go ice skating or enjoy a (very) cool drink at an ice bar.
The Summer Festival (July - August)
The Summer Festival, held for nearly 3 weeks in July - August. Locals and visitors make the most of the pleasant summer weather and enjoy the beer garden, live music and dancing, fireworks, traditional boat racing, and hundreds of stalls that are set up in Odori Park selling antiques, local foods, and more.
The Lilac Festival (May)
The Lilac Festival, held in May as a beautiful celebration of spring and of the city's most representative flower. Revel in the purple-toned décor while trying local wines, watching a traditional tea ceremony, and listening to outdoor music performances. Venues: Odori Park and Kawashimo Park.