Holy Moly! There sure are a lot of great events on Okinawa!
Editor's note: There's some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Oct. 15)
24TH IHEYA MOONLIGHT MARATHON: Oct. 20, Full Marathon at 3 p.m. and Half Marathon at 5 p.m.; start/finish at Yuai to Kenko no Hiroba on Iheya Island; 098-046-2867; www.iheya-moonlight.jp/.
42ND OKINAWA SANGYO FESTIVAL: Oct. 19-21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; introducing agricultural, marine, woodcraft and pottery products made on Okinawa, along with live music and eisa performances at Onoyama Park and Okinawa Budokan, free admission; 5-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-859-6191; www.okikouren.or.jp/.
9TH ZAKIMIGUSUDORI FUREAI MATSURI: Oct. 21, stage performances, charity auction, food stands, at Zakimi Community Center, Zakimigusudori, Zakimi Castle; shuttle bus from parking lot available; free admission; 098-958-2228.
17TH TARAMA JIMA PINDA A-SU: Oct. 21, 10:30; Pinda A-su is the island's dialect meaning (Pinda-local breed) goat fighting; a biannual event for the island's tourism promotion; at the Tarama Son Multi-purpose Square; parking available; 098-079-2660; www.vill.tarama.okinawa.jp/.
33RD GOZA KEASHIBI CONCERT: Oct. 24; 6-9 p.m.; tickets: 1,500 yen for advance tickets and 1,800 yen at the door; at Okinawa Zoo & Museum; 098-933-4190.
TAKETOMIJIMA TANADUI: Oct. 25-26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., festival dedicated to sowing in the sacred land; at Yumuchion on Taketomijima, free admission; no parking available; 098-082-5445; www.ta.taketomicho.jp/.
7TH VOICE HEARING IN ITOMAN: Oct. 27; 20 singers who qualified for the event, sing Tubara-ma, a lyrical song in Yaeyama; event was founded to deepen exchanges between Itoman and Yaeyama in 2005 and is held every other year; at Michinoeki Itoman; free admission; free parking lot available; 098-851-8752.
44TH YOMITAN MATSURI: Oct. 27-28, featuring children’s plays, dance performances, concerts, fireworks at Yomitanson Athletic Park; free admission; parking available; 098-982-9201; www.vill.yomitan.okinawa.jp/.
GREAT EARTH 11TH ISHIGAKI ISLAND RIDE 125KM: Oct. 27-Sunset cruising party, Oct. 28, Long course-125K, Middle-95K, Short-60; start/finish at Funakura Park; 070-3622-0001.
26TH GINOZA-SON (VIILLAGE) FESTIVAL & 3RD GINOZA-SON CHURA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: Oct. 27-28; featuring traditional live stages, children’s dance, youth eisa-dance, Okinawa sumo, haunted house and 1,000 fireworks display at Ginoza-son Rural Park; free admission; 098-968-5125; www.vill.ginoza.okinawa.jp/.
41ST UREASOE TEDAKO FESTIVAL: Oct. 27-28; Teda-meaning sun in Okinawan dialect and Ko-meaning child; Urasoe used to be Ryukyu's capital and the king's father was believed to be the sun in the Okinawa legend; hence, this is to celebrate ancient king; events include youth Eisa, Tedako Ha-ri-, fireworks, etc.; at Urasoe Athletic Park; free admission; 098-876-1234; www.city.urasoe.lg.jp/.
2018 KUMEJIMA MARATHON: Oct. 28, 7:30 a.m., cost: 4,000 yen-full/half marathon, 3,500-10K/5K, 2,000 for high schoolers at all levels; at Nakazato Ball Park (start & finish line), 098-985-7106. www.kumejima-marathon.com/.
31TH IZENA 88 TRIATHLON: Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; swim (2km), bicycle (66km) and marathon (20km) race held at Izena Beach, Izena Island, Okinawa; 0980-50-7220; www.izenatriathlon.jp/.
33RD ALL OF OKINAWA ISLANDS LION DANCE FESTIVAL: Oct. 28, 6 p.m.; lion dance teams throughout Okinawa get together at Uruma City Agena Bullring; free admission; free shuttle bus available between 4-9:30 p.m. from Uruma Shimin Geijyutsu Gekijo; 098-923-7182; www.city.uruma.lg.jp/index.php.
TAKETOMIJIMA TANADUI: in October, festival dedicated to sowing in the sacred land; at Yumuchion on Taketomijima; free admission; 098-082-5445; ta.taketomicho.jp/.
MINAMI DAITO-SON SANGYO MATSURI (BORONOJI FAIR): Mid-late Oct.; at Minami daito-son Fureai Park; free admission; no parking available; 098-022-2184.
26TH JAPAN’S WESTERNMOST YONAGUNIJIMA GO-ROUND MARATHON: Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., after party following the closing ceremony at 5 p.m., 25K race followed by 10K; at Yonagunijima Junior High School Ground, 10K starts at Irisaki Lighthouse (the Westernmost point); 098-087-2241; www.welcome-yonaguni.jp/marathon/.
30TH TOUR DE OKINAWA BICYCLE RACE: Nov. 10-11; featuring touring events and races for more than 4,700 participants including men’s championship race (210 km), six cycling events and 14 road races for citizens; NPO Tour de Okinawa Office 098-054-3174; www.tour-de-okinawa.jp/.
PROJECTION MAPPING AT NAKAGUSUKU CASTLE 2018: Nov. 10-11, 4 p.m.; 098-895-2131; www.nakagusuku-pm.jimdo.com/.
21ST TARAMAJIMA GO-ROUND MARATHON: Nov. 11, noon; 23.75K race followed by 10K, 5K, 3K, walking course; start and finish at Tarama-son Hall; at Tarama Jima Elementary School; 098-079-2260; www.vill.tarama.okinawa.jp/.
47TH OKINAWA ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL: Nov. 10-18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), Winners and selected pictures, calligraphs, and art works by Okinawans on display to enhance Okinawan culture; free admission; at Okinawa Prefectural Musuam and Art Museum; 098-987-0926; www.okicul-pr.jp/kengeisai/.
8TH ANNUAL SUGAR RIDE KUMEJIMA 2018: Nov. 17, pottering at 3 p.m., brieifing at 2 and 4 p.m., Nov. 18, Athlete course (100K) begins at 8 a.m., Go round course (45K) & Easy Go round course (35K) at 9 a.m., cycling event enjoying Kumejima's beautiful sceneries; start/finish at Resort Hotel Kume Island; 090-8294-3255; www.sugar-ride.com/.
KOZA MOTOR SPORT FESTIVAL 2018: Nov. 17, noon - 5 p.m., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Koza Sports Park (Okinawa-shi Koza Undo Koen), Special guest Mr. "Takuma Sato" who won the Indy 500 last year will come! For more information, visit https://kmsf.okinawa.link/ or http://www.city.okinawa.okinawa.jp/about/128/18179
KUMEJIMA PRAWN FESTIVAL: Nov. 24, 11 a.m.; prawn cuisine at special prices, folk song, hula dance stage performances; free admission; at Kumejima Fisheries Processing Facility; parking available up to 50 spots; 098-985-8216; www.kanko-kumejima.com/.
39TH TSUBOYA POTTERY FESTIVAL: Nov. 23-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; masters exhibit their works, including jars and other goods, sold for more than 20 percent off the market price visit booths, including a pottery square, where people can make shisa (lion dog) masks and use the pottery wheel; free admission; at Naha Tsuboya Elementary School; 098-866-3284; www.tuboya.com/.
OKINAWA RITOU FAIR 2018: Nov. 23-25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 30th anniversary of fair that introduces Okinawan remote islands' history, cultures, cuisine, etc.; at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha; free admission; 098-963-8191; www.okinawa-ritoufair.jp/.
28TH CHUBU TRIM MARATHON: Nov. 25, 10K at 9 a.m., 3K (both individual & parent-child races) at 11 a.m.; start and finish at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park; 098-932-5114; www.i-sam.co.jp/chubutrim-half-marathon/.
SHIP OF THE RYUKYU: Oct. 3 through Feb. 17, 2019; stage performance of Okinawan traditional performing arts, including Okinawa Karate and Eisa; at Tenbusu Hall and Palette Civic Theater; tickets: 2,500 yen for adults, 2,000 yen for high school students and younger; free for preschoolers; no parking available; 098-987-0926; www.magnetcontents.net/.