San Luis Obispo Obon Festival at New Location

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Dancers at last year’s Bon Odori.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple will hold its Obon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, from1 to 8 p.m. at a new location, St. Patrick’s School, 900 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande.

Admission is free. Vendors, games and food booths will be open all day. The schedule of performances and demonstrations is as follows:

1 p.m.: Ichimi Daiko (with audience participation)

2:30 p.m.: Iaido (swordsmanship)

3 p.m.: Bonsai by Muranaka family outside; Central Coast Judo Club inside

4 p.m.: Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu (martial arts)

5:30 p.m.: Ichimi Daiko

6:45 p.m.: Bon Odori

8 p.m: Raffle drawing

Help with putting on kimono or yukata will be available from about 3 to 6:15 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. Those who need to borrow a kimono are asked to call Julie Conaway at (805) 441-5598.

Dancers should be dressed and lined up to enter the dance area by 6:30 p.m.

Dance practices at the temple have already concluded, but no experience is necessary — just come and have fun.

For more information, call (805) 595-2625 or visit www.slobuddhisttemple.org.

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