Many festivals are held in Yonezawa year-round, but the biggest are the “Yonezawa Uesugi Festival” in spring and “Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival” in winter.
Yonezawa Uesugi Festival
The city's biggest event, a spring festival that takes place both at Uesugi Shrine and Matsugasaki Shrine. This festival marks the coming of spring for Yonezawa, and is held from April 29th to May 3rd every year. Highlights include a samurai parade and the “battles of Kawanakajima”, a huge recreation of the historical battle between two major generals of the warring states period - Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen - that takes place on the last day of the festival.
Dates：From April 29th to May 3rd
Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival
A festival that takes place in Uesugi-jinja shrine. Each year over 3,000 snow lanterns are lamps are built. When candles are lit inside these lamps it creates a magical atmosphere. This wondrous world of beautiful light available only for two days in mid-February.
Dates：The 2nd Saturday and Sunday of February