Samba Festival Soka

For the second year in a row, the Spark Carnival has been cancelled on account of the Coronavirus. Initially, it looked like it would go ahead, but Saitama City announced on June 22nd 2021 that they were cancelling most of the Omiya Summer Festival. Including this, one of the most popular, the Spark Carnival.


Spark Carnival – The 33rd annual spark carnival, one of a collective of Omiya Summer Festivals, was due to be held on August 1st 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the carnival was cancelled along with dozens of other festivals in Saitama City. The carnival is generally held on the 1st of August annually regardless of what day of the week it is. The festival is generally on from around  5 pm to 10pm.

Approximately 220,000 people attend this carnival held around Omiya station. It is easily commutable from Tokyo. And it is convenient for anyone who wants to experience a festival on a weekday when there are few other festivals on.

There are stage performances as well as street performers in colourful costumes, with parades and lots of music and dance. The Samba dance performers are one of the highlights of the festival.

Spark carnival

Image from the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations website (STIB).  The featured photo that shows as a thumbnail when the post is shared on social media is just an image of a samba carnival dancer and not from this particular festival.

For more carnival and summer events in Saitama, please see the main event pages. 

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