Signature Events Schedule
 
Orchid Show
(February – March)
$5 (ages 3 & over)
in addition to Garden admission 
Free Garden members
Cymbidium Red BeautyA once-a-year opportunity to see 800 exotic, fragrant winter-blooming orchids displayed among tropical plants. A welcome mid-winter break! Theme changes annually. — Learn more.

Chinese Culture Days
(May)
$12 Adults (ages 13 & older)
$5 Children (ages 3–12)
$5 Garden members (free for members' children 3–12)

Chinese OperaA 70-foot dragon and lion dancers open this springtime celebration that includes a Grand Parade and acrobatics, theater, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, painting, authentic regional cuisine, t'ai chi and tea tastings. Special tours focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. No trams. — Learn more.


Whitaker Music Festival
(June – August)
Free admission after 5 p.m.
Whitaker Music FestivalA ten-week Wednesday evening outdoor concert series held each summer. The concert series features artists performing blues, jazz, rock, band and more. Pack a picnic or purchase sandwiches and beverages on site. Lawn seating at the Cohen Amphitheater; bring chairs or a blanket. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.; last entry at 9 p.m. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized scooters and strollers are not available for rent on Whitaker performance evenings. Sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation. — Learn more.

Green Homes Festival
(June)
Included with Garden admission
Painting a Metro bus muralHelp your family live green – and live healthier! Celebrate sustainable living and explore ways to maintain a healthy you and a healthy planet. Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 100 green product and service exhibitors.—Learn more.

Desert Show
(June - August)
$5 (ages 3 & over)
in addition to Garden admission 
Free Garden members
Flowering cactusStep into a fascinating desert environment emphasizing the important role desert plants play in our lives and see plant collections not regularly displayed at the Garden. — Learn more.

 Japanese Festival
(Labor Day weekend)
$15 adults (ages 13–64)
$5 children (ages 12 & under)
$5 Garden members
Free members' children
(ages 12 & under)
TaikoCelebration features taiko drummers, sumo wrestlers,  candlelight walks through the 14-acre Japanese "garden of pure, clear harmony and peace," kimono fashions, bon odori dancing, ikebana and bonsai demonstrations, outdoor marketplace and food court. No trams.  — Learn more.

Best of Missouri Market®
(October)
$12 adults (ages 13–64)
$5 children (ages 12 & under)
$5 Garden members
Free members' children
(ages 12 & under)
Best of Missouri MarketMore than 140 Missouri food producers and craftsmen offer specialty foods, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, custom jewelry and much more. Live music, cooking demonstrations by master chefs, and a Kids' Corner with cow milking and pumpkin decorating. No trams.  — Learn more.

Gardenland Express
(November– December)
$5 (ages 3 & over)
in addition to Garden admission 
Free Garden members
Gardenland ExpressThis nostalgic show appeals to all generations, with G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature landscape of fresh plants, accented by beautiful poinsettias and flowers. — Learn more.

Garden Glow
(November-January)
$18 adults (ages 13 and older)
$14 members
$10 children (ages 3 to 12)
$6 member children
Climatron illuminated for Garden GlowStroll the Garden at night surrounded by unique lighting installations, entertainment and surprises throughout the grounds. —Learn more.