Schwab Festival invites people to good times in north

While first class entertainment nourishes the soul, food booths make sure that body is not neglected.

While first class entertainment nourishes the soul, food booths make sure that body is not neglected.

Organizers of the annual Camp Schwab Festival are inviting folks to “Head up north for rousing good time!”

Alternative metal band SEVENDUST makes sure the audience does not sleep during its show at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Alternative metal band SEVENDUST makes sure the audience does not sleep during its show at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This year’s Camp Schwab Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, from 1 to 9 p.m. both days on Camp Schwab adjacent to the BeachHead Club.

This annual festival welcomes all service members, their families and Japanese citizens to Okinawa’s northernmost Marine Camp to partake in a weekend of festive food and fun with attractions for all ages.

There will be Fun Land’s rides and bouncers, game booths, Oculus Rift virtual reality and delicious cultural foods from Okinawa as well as delectable offerings from MCCS. Hungry festival-going revelers can enjoy USA staples such as sizzling burgers from Bulldogs, succulent BBQ beef brisket and juicy chicken from Hickory House All-American BBQ, pizza and wings and more! Patrons 20 years of age and older can enjoy refreshing adult beverages from Kanpai Lounge.

Performers from Hawaii bring more mellow tunes to the festival.

Performers from Hawaii bring more mellow tunes to the festival.

A great entertainment lineup throughout the weekend includes a free performance by alternative metal band SEVENDUST on Saturday at 7 p.m. and local metal band Bodysonic performing Sunday at 3:45 p.m.

The festival will also feature more laid-back fare including reggae and variety from Hawaiian native Shar Carillo, more island “melody ‘n riddim” from American Idol alumni Eli-Mac and Hawaiian reggae from Rebel Souljahz.

All three acts will perform both days.

Oculus Rift virtual reality ride promises an entirely new experience.

Oculus Rift virtual reality ride promises an entirely new experience.

Admission to the Camp Schwab Festival is free and open to all SOFA status and Japanese citizens island wide. No one will be admitted with pets, outside alcohol, glass bottles, coolers or backpacks. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from designated parking lots on the base.

As always, MCCS encourages everyone to drink responsibly and to not drink and drive. Daiko and taxi services will be available. Although Camp Schwab Gates 1 and 2 will be open SOFA status festival attendees are encouraged to enter through Gate 2.

For more information, call 098-970-5828, visit MCCS website mccsokinawa.com/festivals or visit MCCS Special Events on Facebook at facebook.com/mccsokinawa.specialevents.

BBQ beef briskets from Hickory House have become the favorite of MCCS festivals.

BBQ beef briskets from Hickory House have become the favorite of MCCS festivals.

  • FSinibaldi

    La fiesta de las sonrisas.

    En el perpetuo
    canto de la
    noche el ave
    gorjea con
    un triste sonido
    que recuerda
    el amor.

    F. Sinibaldi