The Ohara Festival is held in Kagoshima, Japan on November 2-3 (the 3rd is a holiday). This festival is the largest in Kagoshima and it has many groups and businesses represented (including Kagoshima Bank and Taiyo, one of the foodstores that I go to on a daily basis). It is not only a great time to see famous mascots, and lots of pretty traditional wear, but it is also a time to relish in yummy local products (including shochu and sake) and treats!
On the first day, it usually begins at 18:30 and ends around 21:00, while on the second day, it goes from 10:30 to 17:00.
It is also possible for tourists to join by going to Kagoshima City Hall on November 2nd at 15:30 to sign up and practice for about one hour.
There are also Taiko performances, marching bands, dancers and clowns! A perfect place to get further acquainted with Kagoshima culture. Since it is held in November, it is a bit chilly, with temperatures ranging from 12-19 degrees Celsius. So I suggest wearing a light jacket over long or short sleeves.
I hope that you can experience the Ohara Festival for yourself, and if you do, I am certain that you will enjoy it as much as my family and I did.