In early June Kanazawa's main annual festival commemorates the first time the region's rice production hit one million koku (around 150,000 tonnes). There's a parade of townsfolk in 16th-century costumes, takigi nō …
Performances of traditional Japanese dance and music are held on the banks of the Asano-gawa during the second weekend of April.
In early January scantily clad firemen brave the cold, imbibe sake and demonstrate ancient firefighting skills on ladders.
Kanazawa's increasingly popular film festival screens an eclectic mix of Japanese and foreign-language films.