Get off base! Upcoming events in Okinawa

Get off base! Upcoming events in Okinawa

Stripes Okinawa

Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Sept.23)

*Schedules are subject to change and change daily. Please check each organization and/or event’s official websites for current information. 

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023:  Aug. 25-Sept. 10; at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa City; check details on the website.

Ryukyu Goldfish Legend Goldfish Exhibition: Until Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; A variety of beautiful goldfish at Neopark Okinawa; at Neo Park Okinawa in Nago City; Admission: 1,500 yen for adults, 900 yen for children (4 years old-elementary school students); 0980-52-6348, website.

Night Zoo Exploration: Until Sept. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m., every Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat.; check out nocturnal animals, such as sant cats, etc. at Neo Park Okinawa; Admission: 3,500 yen for adults, 2,500 yen for children (4 years old-elementary school students) - day time park admission not included; 0980-52-6348, website.

World Insects Exhibition: Untill Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; About 30 different kinds of beetles and stag beetles from all over the world; at Southeast Botanical Gardens in Okinawa City; Admission (in addition to park admission): 600 yen, free for 3 years old or younger; Park Admission: Adults: 1,540 yen, Youth: 1,045, Children: 600 yen; 098-939-2555, website.

Scenic Marine Beer Garden: Until Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Enjoy a beer while gazing at the coral reef sea in front of you; at Risonare Kohamajima; free admission, beer-1,200 yen-happy delivery at 11 a.m.-noon, 3-4 p.m.; website.

MUMM Night Pool: Until Sept. 30, 6-10 p.m.; Enjoy champagne at Garden Pool, ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort; hotel charge varies each day; 098-966-1211, website.

Miyako Island Rock Festival: Oct. 14, 11 a.m.; at To River District Headland special venue; ticket: 8,000 yen; website.

Ishigaki Island Hula Festival 2023: Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; at Shinei Park; 0980-82-2809, 080-6487-1190, website.

35th 2023 Kumejima Marathon: Oct. 22, 7 a.m., cost: 5,500 yen-full/half marathon, 4,500 yen-10K/5K, 3,000 yen-for high schoolers at all levels; at Nakazato Ball Park (start & finish line), register by Aug. 4 to participate; 098-985-7106, website.

Art Gallery of "Battle of Okinawa Drawing” by Okinawans: Until Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; at Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City; free admission; 098-997-3844, website.

Cosplay Photo Sessions at Ocean Expo Park: Until March 17, 2024 (July 22-23, Sept. 16-17, Nov. 18-19, Jan. 27-28, March 16-17), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., (until 4 p.m. for Nov. & Jan. sessions); 300 yen; 0980-48-2741; website.

JASDF Naha Base Churaumi Air Festa 2023: Dec. 10; website.

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