One of the Largest fairs of Karnataka
Nilakanteshwara natya seva sangha is located in a village called Heggodu. It was established by K. V. Subbanna in 1958. Ninasam is a drama institute. The headquarters is in Heggodu. It has a library, rehearsal hall, guesthouse and theater. Shivarama Karantha rangamandira is an auditorium for Ninasam. It was opened in 1972. Ninasam started a 'Theatre-in-education' project called Shalaranga with the help from the government of India during 1991-1993. Ford foundation has volunteered in establishing a rural theatre and film culture project called Janaspandana. Ninasam chitrasamaja is an organisation to encourage film culture and to hold film festivals
Sagara Marikamba Jatre
Every three years, in the month of February, a 10-day fair is held at the venue of the temple. Known as the Marikamba Jathra (‘Jathra’ means “fair”), it is one of the major festivals of Karnataka. It has socio–religious importance and is attended by a large number of devotees from all regions of Karnataka. On this occasion, a 16 feet (4.9 m) high chariot, colourfully decorated and carrying the image of the idol, is taken out on a procession.
Yakshagana is a classical dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka mainly in the districts of North Kanara, Shimoga, Udupi, South Kanara and Kasaragod district of Kerala. There are several Yakshagana artists in and around Sagara and it is being regularly played in Sagara. Traditionally, Yakshaganas used to start late in the night and run entire night. Bhagavatha along with background musicians who play Chande and Maddale forms himmela. The actors who wear colorful costumes and enact various roles in the story forms Mummela. Yakshagana is sometimes simply called as Aataā in both Konkani and Kannada (meaning play). Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India.