Our Guide: Honolulu Summer Festivals
Looking for fun things to do with friends and family? Eat, drink, dance and celebrate culture throughout the summer.
Ah, summer—the time for vacations, barbecues, beach trips and holoholo days. In Hawai‘i, it’s also festival season, which means we can’t wait to dance around the yagura (tower) at bon dances, sample hot and fresh street foods, admire hula performances and so much more. With a variety of cultural celebrations to enjoy across Honolulu, here’s our roundup of can’t-miss summer festivals.
Keep an eye on this story—it’ll be updated throughout the summer as more info becomes available.
Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest
Saturday, July 1, 5 to 10 p.m.
This annual festival boasts Honolulu’s largest bon dance as well as cultural entertainment and local food and retail vendors.
Honolulu Surf Film Festival
July 6–30, various times
The Honolulu Surf Film Festival features a lineup of 28 surf films, which can be voted on at each screening in the Audience Choice awards, as well as the Surf Aloha Concert on Saturday, July 29, featuring Landon McNamara.
Prince Lot Hula Festival
Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The state’s largest noncompetitive hula celebration returns with performances by 12 hālau hula, a Hawaiian craft fair, cultural demonstrations, local foods and a concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Free, Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 650 S. King St., moanaluagardensfoundation.org
Mini Matsuri Summer Festival
Saturday, July 22, 6 to 10 p.m.
Fishcake is hosting its first-ever Mini Matsuri to celebrate the spirit of summer through various art-making workshops, live performances, games, food trucks and more.
Comic Con Honolulu
Friday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 6
The place to geek out about comics, anime, TV shows, games and more, Comic Con Honolulu gathers celebrity guests, cosplayers, artists and fans for a weekend of fun.
Online pre-registration: three-day membership, $70.
At the door: three-day membership, $75; Friday only, $40; Saturday only, $55; Sunday only, $55.
Children 10 and under get in free with adult membership.
Made in Hawai‘i Festival
Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All vendors must earn an official Made in Hawai‘i certification to qualify for this festival, so support local while shopping for food, drinks, home goods, art, clothing and more.
Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Find favorites like kalbi, kim chee and soju at the Korean Festival, along with a Korean food eating contest, a K-pop dance contest and more cultural activities.
Saturday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With ‘ono food, cultural performances and exhibits, arts and crafts, and a bon dance, there’s so much to see and do when “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” at the Okinawan Festival.
General admission (Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.): adults $10, seniors 65-plus $5. Early admission (Saturday and Sunday 9–10 a.m.) purchased online: adults $15, seniors 65-plus $10. Children 12 and under free. Free admission to the bon dance Saturday 5:30–9 p.m.
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
In-person Sept. 8–10
Online Sept. 11–18
Presented by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival features queer cinema from Hawai‘i and across Asia, the Pacific and the West. This year will present Hawai‘i’s first LGBTQ+ boy love feature film My Partner.
SEE ALSO: Honolulu’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival Returns
Royal Court Investiture Opening Ceremony: Saturday, Sept. 9, 4 to 6 p.m.
Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a: Saturday, Sept. 23, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Floral Parade: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to noon
Aloha Festivals celebrate all things Hawaiian culture with vibrant regalia, hula and musical performances and a block party and parade in Waikīkī.
Royal Court Investiture Opening Ceremony, location TBA
Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a and Floral Parade, Kalākaua Avenue
VIP Passaporto Italiano event: Friday, Sept. 15
Street festival: Saturday, Sept. 16
Where “Ciao” meets “Aloha,” Hawai‘i’s only Italian festival brings together Italian and Italian-inspired experiences, entertainment and flavors.
Ticketed VIP Passaporto Italiano event, Velocity Honolulu, 888 Kapi‘olani Blvd.
Free street festival in Kaka‘ako, Cooke Street
SEE ALSO: Your Insider Guide to Festa Italiana