Iwatsuki Midsummer Night Market

Special events at Iwatsuki Crescent mall for Golden Week 2024. For the opening of the Golden Week events the popular Iwatsuki Night Market is on. The night market started a few years ago as a summer event, called “Midsummer Night Market”. The event has been so successful that this year they are having a spin off version of it in spring, called “Iwatsuki Evening Light”. Basically it is the night market with light and art. It is just one of several special golden week events on this year in Iwatsuki, they will also have daily events for the Boys’ Festival …

Iwatsuki Night Market

The name of the spring event is “Iwatsuki Evening Light – Fusion of Art & Music & Light”. It is held at Crescent Mall, right by the east exit of Iwatsuki Station. In the “art area” they have light displays with lantern and some bamboo too. They also have a “live area” where musicians perform, a “handmade area” with stalls selling handmade goods and a “food truck area” where you can pick up a range of food.

In Autumn: The autumn (previously summer) event is the main one and they have even more food trucks and market stalls for that. They also have sparklers (hand held fireworks) in the park. And several live music performances. Furthermore, they have light up for the event too. Last year, they gave away 100 illuminated bracelets too.

Iwatsuki Boys’ Festival 人形のまち岩槻端午の節句

Boys' Festival at Crescent mall Iwatsuki

Iwatsuki have lots of events planned for their “Tango no Setsuku” aka the boys’ festival. They will also celebrate “Saitama City Day” which is on May 1st annually. May 5th annually is best known as Children’s Day, but its actually the boys’ festival too. From Sunday 28th to May 5th you can enjoy different events daily at this festival. A summary of whats on:

  • Sunday April 28th: the opening ceremony with a street music festival, from 10 am to 11.30 am
  • Monday April 29th: dance and music, from 11.30 to 4 pm
  • Tuesday April 30th: children’s balloon play, from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Wednesday May 1st: Kids market and dance, from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday May 2nd: children’s balloon play, from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Friday May 3rd: children’s festival from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th:
    • Golden Week Halloween!! Trick or treat in Halloween costumes in return for prizes!!
    • At Nigiwai Koryukan they have additional events, including Koinobori fun and uniform dress up opportunities
    • They also have workshops each day.
  • Sunday May 5th: market and armor dress up experience

Information

Events: ①Iwatsuki Evening Light – A fusion of art, music and light (Night Market) 岩槻宵灯-アート&音楽&光の融合- ② Iwatsuki Boys’ Festival 人形のまち岩槻端午の節句

Date: Golden week 2024, from Friday April 26th to Sunday May 5th. The night festival is on Friday April 26th. The Boys’ Festival is on from Sunday April 28th to Sunday May 5th 2024.

Time: the night festival is on from 3 pm to 9 pm. The boys’ festival hours are outlined above, in the boys’ festival paragraph.

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: The Night Market and all events are in the general area of the east exit of the Iwatsuki station (Tobu Urban Park Line), known as Crescent Mall, which is by Watsu mall, 3 Chome-2-5 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama, 339-0057. View on Google Maps. (In Autumn: The sparkler event is at the ‘Nook & Park’ space behind Watsu.)

Access

It is easiest to come by public transport. There are some coin parking lots in the area if you come by car.

The official website for the night market has lots of great information. It is in the Japanese language but it is quite visual. However, unfortunately, it is not designed for using on a desktop, but its much better on a tablet or phone. Official web page for the Boys’ Festival.

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