Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Your family can enjoy guided walking tours, bonsai, cooking, martial arts and origami demonstrations, sumo wrestling, special activities for kids.
The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (grounds will remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelit walks), and Monday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and kids ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 3-12; $8 for adult Garden members, and free for children of Garden members ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and under. Festival level members and their children get in free.
Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.
For more information and to see the daily schedule: mobot.org
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