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Japanese Cultural Fair

June 4, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  103 Emmett Street, Santa Cruz


Since its founding in 1986, the fair has provided an opportunity for members of the Santa Cruz County community to increase their awareness and understanding of Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. Through the arts, crafts, and culture of Japan, the fair has brought together thousands of people, improving their understanding of our Pacific Rim neighbor, as well as enriching community life.

Tandy Beale was among the first collaborators to bring the idea of a Japanese themed cultural fair to Santa Cruz. Since then, The JCF has increased the activities and events it provides to the community and continues to do so, transforming itself, through the support of our community, from a minor cultural gathering to the annual event we know today.

View the Fair’s schedule here.

The JCF is currently working in collaboration with the Aptos Public Library in a monthly meeting of the Origami Club, the first Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm. All are invited to attend. All are encouraged to have fun. Whether you are a beginner or a master at the art of origami, you are invited.

The Covid-19 Pandemic brought a major halt to normal life worldwide. It was with great sadness and trepidation, and the first time in our history, the Fair could not be presented to the Santa Cruz Community. Although operations halted, and fear for the future of the Fair presented itself, community support and the loyalty of its support network will allow for the return of the Fair in 2022.

We urge our participants, and anybody who has enjoyed the fair in the past, to support the Fair. Through the continuing support of our community, both voluntary and financial, the Japanese Cultural Fair will continue! We strive to improve every year and will continue doing so.

Our volunteers are a major reason the festival has succeeded in becoming what it is today. Please consider being a part of that tradition. Volunteer today!



June 4, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


103 Emmett Street, Santa Cruz
103 Emmett Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States